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Team India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has expressed hope that the pitch for the second Test match against England starting on Saturday can be helpful for the spinners from day one. The Indian team is 0–1 behind in the four-Test series. In the first two days of the first Test, the pitch did not help the bowlers. Rahane also spoke on the problem of skipper Virat Kohli, no balls and missed catches.
Virat was my captain, and will be
Rahane has once again expressed confidence in Team India captain Virat Kohli. He said, “Our energy level in the first Test was not low because Virat made a comeback. Not every match has the same energy level. If you want me to say something against Virat, I will not give you any spice.” Virat was my captain even before, is still and will continue to be.
The mood of the pitch will have to be seen in the first session
Rahane said, ‘The pitch looks completely different. I am sure it will be helpful for spinners from day one. You have to wait and see how it stays in the first session.
Team India will play forgetting the defeat of the first Test
Rahane added, ‘We have to forget the defeat of the first Test. We know these situations well and we have to play our best game. The good thing is that Akshar Patel is fit. However, I can’t tell who will be in the final 11 right now. All our spinners are good and whoever gets the chance will do well.
Work on solving the problem of no ball in progress
When asked about 27 no balls in the first Test, the Indian vice-captain said that work is on to improve it. On missing the catch, he said, ‘No one intentionally misses it. We are working on close in fielding and improving.
Comment denied on Wasim Jaffer case
Rahane kept himself away from the controversy involving his former Mumbai teammate Wasim Jaffer. Jaffer has been accused of attempting to promote religion-based selection during the tenure of the Uttarakhand coach. Jaffer, who stepped down as the coach of Uttarakhand following a dispute with the state association, has dismissed allegations by Uttarakhand Cricket Association (CAU) officials that he favored Muslim players in the team. Rahane said, ‘I have no idea about this issue. So I don’t think I should comment on this subject. ‘