Ajinkya Rahane (Image courtesy: AFP)
Ajinkya Rahane (Image courtesy: AFP)

Ajinkya Rahane on Friday made a bold statement by stating the Wanderers track isn’t “too dangerous”. The cricket fraternity is talking about the track, which Michael Holding called an “absolute s**t wicket”. He went on to say that no one blamed the pitch when Hashim Amla scored his gritty half-century on Day Two of the third Test at Johannesburg.

The third day of the third Test between South Africa and India was called-off early after a long discussion by the match umpires with the respective team captains following the incident where a back of a length delivery from Jasprit Bumrah hit Deal Elgar on his helmet.

“New ball is challenging but you cannot call it dangerous, When Amla got 60, no one talked about the pitch. Everybody talked about how he played,” the Mumbai batsman told reporters here.

“It was challenging. The wicket was similar for both teams. It was completely same for everyone. Our approach is that we want to play and we want to win this Test match. That ball (Elgar) was back of length, hard length. It kicked off slightly more bounce than usual. The bounce on this wicket is completely natural. Not dangerous, it is completely similar for both team.

“The umpires were checking on me because I got hit on the elbow and glove, they were telling me if you want to call your physio you can and take your time, dont be in a hurry. When you are batting with the new ball it is challenging but you cannot call it a dangerous wicket. I dont think the wicket is too dangerous,” Rahane added.

Rahane made the intentions clear that India are pressing for a win at Wanderes, a venue India are yet to lose a Test.

“I hope Elgar is fine, but I don’t think pitch is too dangerous. I don’t know what the ICC is going to do, but as a team our focus is to get on with the game,” Rahane added.

A final decision is expected before the start of Day Four’s play. Rahane’s 48 enabled India to set 241 as target for South Africans.

(Inputs from IANS)