Ajinkya Rahane admitted that the Indian batting unit failed to back their bowlers in the ongoing Test series against England and said that the the experienced batting line-up feels ‘bad’ for not supporting the bowlers.
Ajinkya Rahane admitted that the Indian batting unit failed to back their bowlers in the ongoing Test series. (In picture – KL Rahul)

Ajinkya Rahane admitted that the Indian batting unit failed to back their bowlers in the ongoing Test series against England and said that the the experienced batting line-up feels ‘bad’ for not supporting the bowlers.

“We feel bad as our bowlers bowled so well and we as batting group could not support them when we are a experienced group,” said Rahane during the pre-match presser ahead of the fifth Test at the Kia Oval.

“I think we as batting group fell short. When you are on tour you work so hard and prepare so well and then one department performs well then it is responsibility of other group to back them,” said Rahane, who has scored 227 runs in eight innings at an average of 27.50.

Looking ahead, the Indian vice-captain hoped that they can finish the tour on a high. “This is going to be the last test. We are focussed on performing well in this last test and if we can win this test and go back 3-2 then that will be really good,” he said.

Acknowledging the fact the only Virat Kohli managed to do well in the tough conditions for batting, the 30-year-old lauded his skipper for his consistency.

“Batsmen in both teams have struggled a lot. Only Virat (Kohli) has batted really well in these conditions,” he said adding, “the way he conducted himself and the consistency he showed was amazing. Many people were saying many things about him about whether he will be able to score runs in England. But Virat concentrated on his cricket and that is what we learn from him,” he added.

This will be Alastair Cook’s last international match for England and the Indian vice-captain paid him a rich tribute.

“He made his debut against India in India. He has been fantastic for England cricket. As an opening batsman, he has averaged around 45, playing 160 Test matches in 12-13 years is great,” Rahane said.

“Credit to him the way he has handled his batting, his technique and all the pressure from English media. Since Ashes till now, the media have put him under pressure. But he has been fantastic and I would like to wish him all the best for his post-cricketing career ahead.”