Rahane: 'Goal is to dominate'

Rahane talked to the press ahead of the fourth and final test match about various aspects of his batting and also the goals of the Indian team.

Ajinkya Rahane said visualisation is an important aspect of his batting.   -  AFP

Ajinkya Rahane stressed on the importance of visualising different aspects before going out to bat.

Speaking to the press before the fourth game, Rahane said “I try and visualise the different situations and that really helps me. Even during practise I talk with Bangar (batting coach) and Kumble, this communication helps me.”

Talking about the game in St. Lucia and the approach adopted by the batsmen, Rahane said “In first innings it was more important to spend time in the middle rather then scoring runs, we wanted to take our time and tire out the bowlers.”

Ajinkya Rahane Press Conference
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‘In the second innings we had already lost one day. We wanted to give our atleast 80-90 overs to take wickets and that’s why we were scoring at 4-4.5 runs per over’ the star batsman added.

He also said the mood in the dressing room was fantastic. “Our goal is to dominate West Indies. We are playing good cricket and it is important to finish well.”

He said that the long term goal of the team is to be number one in tests but right now its important to be in the moment. “We have so far dominated every test match, and dominated every session. Its important to stay in that process. As Virat said, we have to play positively and express ourselves.”

Rahane also downplayed suggestions that West Indies isn’t the force it used to be in test matches. “West Indies is a dangerous team. We have played good cricket and improved as a unit. Our bowling has performed well since the last tour. The credit goes to the whole team including the management” he said.

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