India’s recent all format coach Anil Kumble didn’t take any question on Ajinkya Rahane. Though Rahane was not in his best form in the last Test match. But before that, he has some plenty innings in the last few years.
Even in the last Bangladesh series, he was successfully scored a single fifty. But all we know Pune’s pitch was not like normal one.
The 46-years-old said, “There is no question of dropping Rahane. He has scored well. He has been extremely successful for the last couple of years. There is no question about that. Regarding the team composition, we still haven’t discussed on that. All 16 are available. Yes, it is unfortunate that Karun Nair missed out after he scored the triple hundred but that’s the way the composition of the team has been that we look to play five bowlers and it was unfortunate he came in as a replacement.”
Kumble thinks that the reason behind the Pune’s loss was the pitch effect. But the Chinnaswamy Stadium will be different from it.
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Coach Kumble said at press conference, “It has always been a good batting surface. I am sure it will be a result wicket. We are hoping it will be a result wicket.”
“I don’t want to look back. As a coach, it is more important to look ahead. Yes, it was one of those games where things didn’t go our way, and you just need to move on. Another three Test matches are there in the series, and we are looking forward to that. We have had a fantastic home season. It is just one of those games where things didn’t go our way,” he said.
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“More importantly for me as a coach is to look ahead and that’s exactly what we have been doing as a team that what has happened is done and dusted. You can’t worry too much about that. Australia played well. We didn’t play well on that surface, and it was challenging, but we didn’t adapt and every game you need to adapt, and that’s exactly what we are looking forward to,” he added.
On the five bowl theory, former Indian captain said, “No. I don’t think so. It all depends on what we believe is the right combination to win a Test match. If we believe that four bowlers are enough or five bowlers are needed, which four bowlers or which five bowlers all that depends on what we look at and our aim is to win every game.”
“We beat Sri Lanka, England, West Indies and against quality sides. We have won from difficult situations. We have adapted to various conditions and also various situations, and that’s what we did not do in the last game, and that’s why the result didn’t go our way. We keep looking forward to this game so that we can start on a winning note,” he added.
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