Indian skipper Virat Kohli opened on his deputy Ajinkya Rahane’s form and said it is not a source of concern for the team.
Even before the start of the Test series between India and England, Rahane was under the hammer because he was in conflict with the bat. In 2021, the Mumbai batsman scored 268 runs from 13 overs at an average of 20.62, and in the first Test against England, Rahane’s innings folded just five runs after running out.
Virat Kohli says we should focus on the team’s joint efforts rather than the individual’s struggle
However, Kohli feels that the struggle of any individual should not focus on the joint efforts of the team after being asked about Rahane’s decline in form.
“I do not think it is a source of concern. Our basic focus is not to think about where people are currently individually, collectively how much power they bring into the team. As a batting unit, we want to perform in difficult conditions, so that we are in winning positions and someone raises his hand every hand, ”Kohli said during a virtual press conference before the second Test.
Virat Kohli cheers KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah
KL Rahul, who returned to Test cricket after a gap of two years, scored a grim fifty against English bowling under James Anderson. Rahul was at the top of the batting list with his hold of 84 runs which included 12 fours.
Jasprit Bumrah struggled in England’s batting when he picked up nine wickets from his combined innings and also bagged his career’s sixth wicket with five wickets in Test cricket. Bumrah was not only lethal with the bowl, but also played an important role as tailman, scoring 28 runs from 34 balls to increase India’s first innings lead to 95 runs.
Kohli praised his players in the first Test and stressed that he would offer the best batting unit on the field.
‘The last match, KL Rahul, Jadeja, Bumrah, Rishabh with the comedy, they were excellent. Rohit also gave us a good start, so look, people are going to contribute now and then. You have to understand as a side what the best batting equipment is that you can offer at the park, “said Kohli.
Virat Kohli feels that Ravindra Jadeja will be confident to perform in the second Test
Ravindra Jadeja, who played in front of Ravichandran Ashwin as the spinner in the front line, achieved a dazzling half-century, where she helped India run 56 runs to overcome England’s dominance through Anderson and Ollie Robinson. Kohli believes that the versatile self-confidence will have a lot of confidence when he bats in the second Test match and also accepts that the middle order of India did not deliver runs.
‘The good thing is that Jadeja already got runs in the first game, so he will enter the second game confidently. It makes our bat a little deeper, the lower order also contributed to the bat, ”said Kohli.
“Pujara, Rahane and I did not score too much; every game is an opportunity for other batsmen to stand up as well,” he added.
India take on England in the second Test on Thursday at the Lords in London.