Ajinkya Rahane : Ashwin, Jadeja need to change their bowling style for South Africa tour

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Ajinkya Rahane : Ashwin, Jadeja need to change their bowling style for South Africa tour

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Ajinkya Rahane has stated that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja need to change their bowling style when they play in pace-friendly conditions. Rahane has also praised Ravi Shastri's contribution to the team and claimed that the head coach helped and backed the players in their bad phase.

Team India will start their South Africa sojourn in Cape Town with the first Test scheduled to be played on January 5. India’s senior spinners Jadeja and Ashwin, who recently found themselves out of favour in the limited-overs format, are part of the Test squad and will want to continue their brilliant run in Tests. Jadeja, who has played 35 Tests in his career, has appeared in 10 away Tests so far and claimed 34 wickets and among that the left-arm spinner played only one match in South Africa in 2013 and grabbed six wickets. On the other hand, Ashwin has played 55 Tests for India since 2011 and crossed 300-wicket mark recently. The off-spinner has played only one match in South Africa where he went wicketless. India’s Test vice-captain Rahane suggested both the players that if they change their style according to the South African pitches it will definitely work in the team's favour. 

“I feel Ashwin and Jadeja, they both have it in them to deliver abroad and not only in India. See when you play in India you have to bowl in a certain way and if you see the likes of Moeen Ali, Nathan Lyon if they are playing in England, Australia they have to bowl in a different style,” Rahane told India Today.

“So, Ashwin and Jadeja, they are doing really well at the moment but I am sure they are capable of doing well abroad as well. Yes, they have to change their style a bit, skills a bit, have to bowl at a different pace but I completely believe that and I am confident that whoever plays or even if both of them play, they will do well in abroad,” the Mumbai player commented.

After Anil Kumble’s resignation from the post of Team India’s head coach, Shastri took over the responsibility and will continue till the 2019 World Cup. Shastri, who previously was the director of the team, always tried to maintain a good relationship with the players and guided them during their up and downs. Rahane praised his contribution in bringing the team together along with Virat Kohli.

“When you have Ravi bhai on the side, you are thinking positively. He always tells us ‘back yourself and just enjoy your game’. The guy who is not doing well, he (Shastri) is there to support him and he always backs him and gives him positive vibes….that’s a good thing about him,” he said.

Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, the Indian cricket team have had a brilliant home run and they also managed to equal Australia's record of nine consecutive Test series wins. In all these incredible run, all the players - experienced or a rookie - played their role better and Rahane explained that Kohli is the guy who is always there to support the players in any situation which works as motivation for them.

“About Virat, as I already mentioned. Virat is a guy, who backs each and every player, he supports everyone. A word from him is always like, go and play yourself, bat yourself, I am there to support you all, don’t you worry about your performances, results…everything will be take care.”

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