After winning the toss and opting to bat first, India is 300 for 6 at stumps on Day 1 of the second Test again England at Chepauk Stadium. A lot of cricket pundits were left surprised after witnessing the amount of spin the pitch had offered on Day 1.
However, the vice-captain of the Indian Test team, Ajinkya Rahane said that the team knew that the pitch would start turning from the first day itself.
“I thought it was proper Indian conditions, and we knew it (the pitch) would turn from day one,” Ajinkya Rahane said at the post-match press conference.
“We were talking about partnerships – Rohit and Pujara, and then Rohit and myself. We were discussing intent positive intent on this wicket. What happened in the first game was (in the) past,” he added.
Rahane further explained that that one can’t be too defensive while playing, given how the pitch behaved right from the first session itself. He went on praise Rohit Sharma for his belligerent knock of 161 runs off 231 balls, which put the team in a great position.
“You can’t be too defensive on this wicket and need to be one step ahead of the opposition. We discussed in our batting meeting what shots to play, and we had to make them change the game-plan. And that’s what Rohit did (playing sweeps).”
India ended the day at 300 for 6 at the end of the first day’s play. Axar Patel and Rishabh Pant were unbeaten at 7 and 33 runs respectively. The duo would look to build a decent partnership tomorrow and create further pressure on the opposition.