India suffered a comprehensive defeat as New Zealand beat them by ten wickets in the first Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. One of the main reasons for the defeat was India’s batting which failed to deliver in both innings, getting bowled out for 165 and 191. The Kiwi bowlers were given complete freedom of bowling in the areas that they wanted to and this is something that vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane wanted the batting to change.


“I think they (New Zealand bowlers) used that angle really well in Wellington. Bowling wide of the crease or from the centre, they changed angles while bowling the short balls. I think their plan was completely clear,” Rahane told reporters ahead of the second Test at Christchurch.


“As a batsman, if you going to think about a particular shot, then you need to back yourself and play that shot. You cannot doubt yourself. We need to forget what happened in Wellington,” he further added.


Rahane also expressed his views on how to deal with the short ball ploy that New Zealand are willing to unleash on India with the return of Neil Wagner for the second Test. He believed that it was important to have a positive body language and back yourself to play each ball on its merit and put the bad balls away.


“For me, as a batsman it is important you show your intent to the bowler, if you stand in one spot then the bowler doesn’t need to change anything. These are small things we have been working on in practice and how to use the crease and the angles. It doesn’t matter how much you practice you must trust or have the belief to be able to do it in the middle,” Rahane stated.


The Indian batting will be keen to improve on their performance when the two sides meet at Christchurch for the second Test beginning on February 29.

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