Team India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has stated that the entire squad is excited ahead of the much-awaited ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final.
India and New Zealand are set to lock horns for the all-important clash from June 18 to June 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England.
The 33-year old highlighted that all the members are prepared for the WTC Final as they have been playing consistent cricket for the last couple of years.
“Every player is excited about this final because we have reached here playing some consistent cricket ever since the World Test Championship began two years ago,” Ajinkya Rahane said while addressing a press conference.
“Even before the Championship began, we have played consistent cricket, so certainly all the boys are geared up for the final clash,” added Rahane.
‘Batsmen play a crucial role in the English conditions’: Rahane
The Indian bowlers have done consistently well in the English conditions over the years. However, the subcontinent batsmen face a bit of difficulty while tackling a quality pace attack in England. Ajinkya Rahane too, admitted that the better batting side emerged victorious in the English conditions most of the times.
“Batsmen play a crucial role in the English conditions because when the weather gets cloudy, bowlers get a lot of assistance. The teams that have batted well in England have won on most occasions so it will be our responsibility, as a batting unit, to do well,” said Ajinkya Rahane.
“Everyone has different game plans for different conditions and as long as the players back their plan and focus on the game plan of the entire batting unit, the team can achieve the desired results,” added Ajinkya Rahane.
With 1095 runs at a brilliant average of 43.8, Rahane is the leading run-scorer for team India in the current WTC cycle. The Mumbai cricketer has a great record in overseas conditions as well, hence, he will be an important aspect for the Virat Kohli-led side against the Kiwis.
However, the ace fast-bowling trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner in the opposition is expected to put a stiff challenge in front of the Indian batsmen.