India’s middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who has been the leading run-scorer in the World Test Championship for India, has said that Team India will take the WTC Final as just another game. During the pre-match press conference for the WTC Final, Rahane urged Indian batsmen to express themselves.
The 33-year-old has been India’s highest run scorer in the two-year long tournament, with 1,095 runs under his belt, averaging 43.80. He has also notched up three centuries as well as six half-centuries.
“We just want to take this as just another game, play it as just another game. What is important for us is to start well, we know New Zealand are a very good team,” said Rahane.
“We don’t want to take them lightly and as a team, we have been doing so well and we just want to continue what we’ve been doing over the last two years, play one day, one session at a time.
‘We don’t want to put ourselves under pressure’
Rahane also insisted that the team will take this Final as ‘just another game’ as they’re playing a Test match after a long time. Rahane has played enough cricket at Southampton to know the conditions as he was with Hampshire for a county stint.
“I think what is important in this Test match is playing with freedom, playing fearless cricket as a team and backing each other. That will really help us rather than thinking about the result.”
“I have played at this venue many times now, I’ve played for Hampshire also here, so I do know the conditions well, but what is important is to be in the moment, be in the present,” he added.
“I just adjust to the conditions on that particular day so being the highest run-scorer doesn’t matter for me now, like I said whatever happened was in the past.”