Ajinkya Rahane scored 81 in difficult circumstances, pulling India out of a massive hole on Day 1 of the Opening Test against the West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound in Antigua on Thursday. Rahane’s coup was crucial to the cause of India after the visitors were reduced to 25 by three with large weapons Virat Kohli (9) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2) in the hut. However, Rahane fell 11 races below a deserved century, a milestone he last achieved in August 2017. However, Rahane did not bother to not reach the three-digit magic mark, saying he is not “selfish” and that I was “thinking about my team.”
Rahane last scored a century in August 2017 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
“While I am in the fold, I am thinking of my team, I am not a selfish type. So yes, I am not too worried about the hundred, since I thought that 81 in that gate was really crucial since we are now in a decent position “Rahane said after India finished the day in 203 for six.
“When you play in England with the Dukes ball, you have the game close to your body. I was also batting in No.3, so fortunately I was able to play the new ball there. Those two months, I really used my time well, but it is too soon to say that the season in the county helped me. But it’s good that I went there and practiced a bit of batting. ”
“Look, while contributing to my team is what matters. Yes, I was thinking about my hundred but the situation we are in – 25 for 3 was complicated. As I said, I thought if I could contribute to my team. I am not too worried about my hundred, since that will come automatically, “said the 31-year-old.
The highest association of the day was between Rahane and Hanuma Vihari. Both sewed an association of 82 races.
Ajinkya Rahane spent a couple of months with Hampshire in the English county, playing seven games in which he scored one hundred and fifty.
The right-hander feels that it is too early to say whether the period proved beneficial or not, but it certainly helped him get a quality batting practice.
“Seeing it (county season) was important. I made the decision when I knew I wouldn’t be part of the World Cup team. I wanted to take advantage of the two months and played seven county games, focusing on my batting, working in a few areas.”
Playing near the body is a technical aspect in which he worked after having the opportunity to hit in n. ° 3, which exposed him to the new ball in sewing conditions.
“In England everyone knows that it’s all about the conditions. When it’s cloudy, you have to respect the conditions and when it’s sunny, you know it’s good to hit. I had some good shots, so yes, it was a good season for me “, He said.
Apart from Rahane’s half century, it was the bowlers of the West Indies who shone on the first day when Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel chose three and two gates, respectively.
In addition, even though Captain Jason Holder did not take any wicket, he helped a lot to pressure India while he took nine maidens out of the 15 he delivered.
Rahane praised Windies bowlers and said: “He (Roach) played quite well. In international cricket, you must respect your opponents. The spell cast by Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, we had to respect that spell and remain positive. ”
Rahane praised Vihari, who played a 32-stroke hit, and said he hit very well.
“Vihari is a guy who has many races in the Ranji Trophy and first class cricket, and he knows how to hit in these conditions and situations. Today I hit really well,” Rahane said.