Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane stated that India did not do much wrong in the first four Test matches against England and the 3-1 scoreline rightly reflects who the better side has been in the series.
Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane stated that India did not do much wrong in the first four Test matches against England and the 3-1 scoreline rightly reflects who the better side has been in the series.

Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane stated that India did not do much wrong in the first four Test matches against England and the 3-1 scoreline rightly reflects who the better side has been in the series.

“I feel we played good cricket,” said Rahane during the pre-match presser ahead of the fifth Test at the Kia Oval, adding, “but England played better than us. In Test cricket you have to give more than 100 per cent each session and England won more sessions. Especially their bowling unit, they bowled really well.”

After a close 30-run defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston and an embarrassing defeat at Lord’s, India bounced back at Trent Bridge and took the game to England in the fourth Test, before running out of steam. Rahane felt that the England bowlers made the difference.

“England were consistent with their bowling and played better,” he said. “Patience is the key in England, whether you bat or bowl; maybe as a batsman you have got to leave the ball for longer period of time and as a bowler you have to stick to a particular line for long. But, England were just better than us.”

While batsmen form both teams have so far struggled in the series, Indian skipper Virat Kohli seemed to batting on a different planet scoring 544 runs in eight innings. The Next best is 260 by Jos Buttler. Rahane too have had is struggles making 227 runs at an average of 27.50, but is happy with the way he is batting.

“The way am batting, I am really confident. I didn’t get many runs, but the way I am batting, I am middling the ball well, and it is all about confidence,” said the 30-year-old, who has  managed just two fifty plus scores in the series so far.

With series already lost, Rahane said the team will be looking to end the series on a high.

“Whether you are 3-1 down or 3-1 up, it is important to give your best and go out there an enjoy your batting, and that is what am going to do (in the final Test). Winning the final Test match and going home will be good,” he added.