Rahane: Virat Batted Brilliantly - The New Indian Express

Rahane: Virat Batted Brilliantly

Published: 26th February 2014 11:32 PM

Last Updated: 26th February 2014 11:45 PM

India needed the win desperately and they did it in style, thanks to the brilliant Virat Kohli-Ajinkya Rahane stand that gave a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second match here on Wednesday.

Rahane agreed that it was very important win for the team. "It is a great momentum at the start of the series, and we’re just looking forward to the coming matches now. I’m really happy that we played really well overall. We played good cricket, even the bowlers in the last five overs did really well. I think the credit goes to the whole team and of course, Virat batted brilliantly,’’ said the 25-year-old, who hit 73.

He was disappointed that he couldn’t finish the match. "I had it in mind that I should stay till the end and make the team win, because it wasn’t that easy for a new batsman to play his strokes.’’

Asked what were the plans when he joined Kohli when India were in a spot of bother, Rahane said they decided to stay together as long as possible. The longer we stayed, the better it would be for the team. I was very happy that we had a good partnership and we could make the team win.’’

Was he under pressure? Rahane said he was more relaxed in this match particularly after he was not converting the good starts to big scores in New Zealand. "Frankly speaking, I wasn’t thinking about the past. I was slightly relaxed and just wanted to play my game. I got a hundred in the last innings in New Zealand, so I was confident during my batting. My plan was to take my time initially and then play my shots. That really worked today.’’

Rahane said the wicket was slow and the ball kept low. "It was not easy to play shots initially. Even shot selection was really crucial on this wicket. I was just talking to myself that ‘keep playing till the end and we’ll see what happens’. That really worked today.’’

Rahane said he and Kohli had planned to play straight initially and then launch into attack. That paid off.  "There was some odd bounce and uneven bounce. We were just planning to play straight initially and back ourselves to play our shots later on. Obviously Virat took his chances really well and that worked.’’

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