SA v IND, 2nd test: Rahul knows how to respond in test cricket says Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s off-spinner, believes that stand-in captain KL Rahul is learning the Test cricket formula. He went on to say that Rahul had found a solution to the problem of how he needed to respond in Test cricket, and it was working for him. Rahul scored a tenacious fifty in India’s first innings total of 202 in the second Test at the Wanderers, following a critical 123 in the first innings in Centurion.
“I believe KL rahul is beginning to grasp the recipe for playing Test cricket. When it comes to playing Test cricket, there is no one-size-fits-all formula for success. In today’s world, teams are analyzing, there is a lot more film available, and there are a lot more technical assessments and breakdowns. It’s all about how you respond to all types of queries hurled at you in test cricket “In a virtual press conference, Ashwin stated.
Rahul knows how to respond in test cricket says Ashwin
“KL rahul has figured out how to respond to what he thought he needed to respond to, and it’s working. He’s one of those players who has both the game and the raw material, as we all know. It’s all about how you respond to the questions that are constantly being hurled at you. So far, I’m pleased with the way he’s batted; he appears to be in command at the crease, and he’s looked the part since arriving in England “Ashwin added to the conversation.
With his counter-attacking cameo of 46 runs, including six boundaries, Ashwin was India’s second-highest run-scorer behind Rahul. He credited his success to his attempts to play shots freely, with some assistance from batting coach Vikram Rathour.
“I was in between jobs for a number of years, trying to get my technical skills up to par or whatever it took to improve my scores.” I guess I’d lost a little of my flow when it came to getting into solid crease positions. Even before that, I’ve always been a fast hitter. There hasn’t been an intentional effort to keep playing those shots out there. “If it’s there, it’s there,” says the narrator.
“I get into positions where I can play some of the shots that some of the expert batters might not be able to play,” he says. But it was this independence that propelled me to success in the past. But it’s still about making the proper choices and improving the flow of my hands, which I believe I’ve been able to do since before Australia. Vikram Rathour has been very helpful in having those communications and also trying to get those things sorted in the nets.”
Ashwin was driving and punching crisply, presenting the entire bat face, and even playing a straight bat clip through midwicket. He didn’t give a damn about his strike during a hectic time at the crease. “No attempt was made to go at such a strike rate.” I walked in and got a straight ball that I hammered down the ground, and then I got one off Lungi Ngidi down the off-side that I hit on the up. I believed in the balls and responded to them; there was no attempt to play at that strike rate.”
He was pleased that his preparation had resulted in a positive contribution to India’s total. “It happens sometimes, it doesn’t happen sometimes; that’s the fun of playing the game.” They started with the short ball again, which I felt was because they were getting the feel of the pitch. Whenever I get to start off against a short ball, it gets me going a bit. So, I had gameplans, glad it’s all worked out and it’s also about building one and trying to be more productive for the team.”