first_imgRahane, who has scored four Test tons and two 90s – all Rahane, who has scored four Test tons and two 90s – all made outside the country – said that it was all about making the requisite adaptation. “Its all about mental adjustment. When you bat at no. 3 you have to take a little more time (to settle down) than at no. 5. The ball is relatively new. You have to take your time, give half an hour to the bowlers, see how the bounce is and the (behaviour of the) wicket, and then you can play on your instinct. “Whereas, batting at no. 5 you can actually take 10-15 minutes (to settle down) as you can actually know (understand) about the wicket (by) sitting inside the dressing room. “By watching the openers and no. 3 bat, you can actually know (about) the wicket and the bowling attack – the line and length they are bowling – and in 10-15 minutes (on arrival at the crease) you can play your shots. At no. 3 shot selection is important, at no. 5 too it is, but a slight mental adjustment is needed (to bat at no. 3),” he elaborated. Praising Ravi Shastris role as the teams director, Rahane said the inputs from the former India all-rounder had helped the team significantly. “Inputs from Ravibhai actually helped us a lot. He always gives us positive feedback and tells all positive things, his experience on and off the field. The team has benefitted a lot, improved its thinking and got motivated from his talks.” Personally speaking, he credited Shastri for his guidance. “He has told me… Take your time in the first 10-15 minutes and after that you have the game and have all the shots to dominate the best bowling attacks at the highest level. “The first 15-20 minutes or half an hour (on arrival at the crease) is an important time for any batsman – whether he is playing his first Test or 100th. He has told me take your time, see whats happening, what a particular bowler is bowling, give him respect and after that its all yours,” he said. (MORE) PTI SSR SDL BS AH RYSadvertisementlast_img

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