India vs England, 3rd Test: Ajinkya Rahane pleased with India’s fightback at Trent Bridge
Rahane scored 81 in a partnership of 159 with Virat Kohli at Trent Bridge. @Getty

On a day in which  he battled the odds, helped turn a position of discomfort into one of dominance – in the process putting on India’s biggest partnership in England since 2002 – and then threw away a Test hundred that was there for the taking, India’s  vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane believes the team has shown plenty of heart after consecutive defeats at Edgbaston and Lord’s.

India closed day one at Trent Bridge on 307/6, with Virat Kohli missing a century by three runs, and though they lost Hardik Pandya at the close of play, Rahane felt the situation was India’s to dominate on day two.

“I think it’s a good score on this wicket,” said Rahane, who crossed 3,000 Test runs on Saturday, after stumps. “Unfortunately, we lost Hardik at the end. Me and Virat, we were planning to put pressure on the bowlers. In the end, it was a good score I think … 320/4 would have been better but our intent was important on this wicket.”

Rahane and Kohli put on 159 for the third wicket after India lost three wickets for 22 runs following a 60-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, which was the team’s highest outside of Asia and the Caribbean since December 2013.

The openers did really well. We were thinking that if we get a good start and if the top order do well, the middle order can capitalise,” said Rahane. “That’s what we were doing. Me and Virat were focusing on rotating the strike and put the bad balls to the boundary.

“It’s about taking one ball at a time and giving your best. We were looking to bat first, our intent was positive. The wicket was really good to start with, perhaps a touch slow as the day went on. Important to bat well tomorrow in the morning session and then bowl in the right areas.”