Southampton: India Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has said that batsmen need to get set and play late to score runs in England.
India play the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand from June 18 here at the Hampshire Bowl and a five-Test series against England in August-September.
“You say as a batsman you always like challenging situations and conditions. England is a place where if you are set, it (the pitch) becomes very good for batting. I have always believed that the more close you play, the later you play, the better it is for you,” said Rahane in a video posted by bcci.tv.
“One more thing I feel is that as a batsman you are never set. Even on 70-80 you are never set. One ball and there is a chance you will get out,” he added.
The 33-year-old Rahane, who is India’s top run-getter in WTC with 1,095 runs in 17 Tests, said reaching the final wasn’t easy and the team had to perform as a unit.
“We have played cricket consistently for two years as a team and the result we have is that we are in the final. It wasn’t easy. Because you know in every match, you have to give off your best,” said Rahane.