India’s Test stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane has opened up on the ‘quarantine controversy’ on Wednesday saying that the Indian team is not at all annoyed with the bio-secure protocols. He further stated that the team is focusing on the next India vs Australia clash which begins on Thursday.
During the pre-match virtual press conference, Rahane conceded that it was “challenging” to be confined when life outside their five-star facility in Sydney seems to be “normal“. “We are not at all annoyed but yes there are some challenges in quarantine as life in Sydney is completely normal. We are not at all annoyed and we know what’s our priority here,” Rahane clarified while answering a series of questions ahead of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
‘We are not complaining on anything and we are just focused on the game’
The Indian cricketers can’t be blamed for feeling a bit jaded as the team has been in Australia for seven weeks now. The squads have been travelling from one bio-bubble to another during the tour. However, Ajinkya Rahane has said that the new normal needs to be embraced.
“We all are prepared and we want to play some good cricket. We know that life in Sydney is normal but players are stuck in their rooms which is okay. We know how to handle it and we are prepared for any kind of situation. It’s about being in the moment and playing some good cricket,” he said.
“First thing first, we are not complaining on anything and we are just focused on the game. Just want to start well,” Ajinkya Rahane ended the ‘quarantine controversy’.
The skipper side-stepped the unconfirmed series pull-out threats. He made it clear that the focus is on the third Test. “We as players are just focusing on this Test match and management, they will take the decision. For us, it’s all about giving our best on the field. Test match is starting tomorrow and we want to do well as a team and win the Test match,” he said.
India and Australia will next lock horns on 7 January in Sydney for the third Test. This clash will be important because the teams have been levelled 1-1 in the four-match series.