India vs South Africa: South African pitches suit my batting model, says Ajinkya Rahane
With all the talk over his choice being justified by his essential innings of 79 runs within the first ODI in opposition to South Africa at Durban coming to a detailed, Ajinkya Rahane mentioned that he enjoys batting on South African pitches. Speaking to reporters forward of the second ODI in opposition to South Africa at Centurion, Rahane mentioned, “I am naturally an attacking batsman and these wickets suit me a lot. There is good pace and bounce. So these wickets suit me a lot. So my plan was to take my time initially and if I get set, then carry on my innings,” he mentioned.
The Mumbai batsman additional added that he enjoys batting in opposition to difficult oppositions. “I enjoy playing against every opponent but I think teams like South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, they have very good attacks in world cricket and I enjoy facing fast bowlers,” he mentioned. “I enjoy facing challenges, and when you play in South Africa against this sort of attack you know that you are up for the challenge. We don’t take them lightly. As I mentioned, I just wanted to take my time but I enjoyed facing this challenge,” the 29-year previous mentioned.
Talking about batting on the No. 4 place, Rahane, who was earlier thought of as a reserve opener within the facet, mentioned he has now develop into matured sufficient to bat at No. 4. “I am better equipped for batting at number four, I am more matured now. I know how to build my innings at number four,” the right-handed batsman mentioned.
India have tried and examined a number of players at this place, together with KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik. Rahane mentioned his confidence of batting within the place has elevated since Johannesburg Test. “Batting at number four is different. The confidence came from last Test win at Johannesburg, where I scored 48 runs. But I was actually determined to do well at that slot because I have batted at that position during the 2015 World Cup (in Australia and New Zealand),” he mentioned.
Talking about his innings at Durban, Rahane mentioned that he’s seeking to do carry out higher on the place. “We knew that it (270) was a par score on that wicket. Our bowlers did a really good job. Personally, I really enjoyed batting at that particular position and I am looking forward to doing even better,” he mentioned.
India and South Africa will play the second ODI at Centurion on Sunday.