Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill put up a 62-run spot for the starting wicket.© AFP
Coach Vikram Rathour Batting said on Saturday that with the first entry of 250 entries, India will be positioned in the fight against New Zealand, given the conditions prevailing in the World Test Championship final to be played in Southampton. India finished the second day in 146 for 3 with Virat Kohli with 44 balls with 124 balls in the company of Ajinkya Rahane with 29 not 79 balls. “We would like to get as many races as possible, but there will be a reasonable 250 plus score in these conditions,” Rathour said at the end of the press conference.
The one-on-one coach praised openers Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma as they played positively to add 62 races to see the new ball on an admirable continent.
Asked if he was in the opposite position or playing more offensive shots, Rathour said: “Batting is about making races. Rohite and Gill showed a lot of intention and scored where they could.
“Virat and Rahane battled the cap on the continent but a lot of credit should also be given to the openers.”
The former Indian opener believes that when the Dukes ball got a little older, it started much longer and so the scoring races were more difficult than when the openers joined.
“I think when the ball got a little older he started rocking more. The New Zealand Pacers hit good areas in the second session.”
Rathour also confirmed that Cheteshwar Pujara has some technical problems, having hit his helmet four times in the last matches of the final tests.
“We’re not really worried and he’s a good player. I don’t think rhythm is an issue with him. Until he hits one, he looks strong and has a role to play in the team.
“Even today, he has played 50 weird balls. He just needs to turn those starts. It will happen very soon,” he signed.
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