We picked Ajinkya Rahane’s brain on how to bat in the longer format: Harmanpreet Kaur

Kaur revealed they got some tips to mentally prepare for the red-ball game from India’s vice-captain.

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Harmanpreet Kaur (Photo source: Twitter)

India’s women’s team will be playing their first Test match after around seven years in the United Kingdom (UK) as they will be up against England Women in a one-off Test match from June 16 to June 19 at the County Ground in Bristol. As the Women’s team don’t have much experience of playing the purest format, they got a chance to interact with India’s Men Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.

India’s men’s team is also present in England as they will lock horns with New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship from June 18 to June 22 at Southampton. Speaking about her interaction with Rahane, India’s women Test vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur revealed that they got some tips to mentally prepare for the red-ball game.

“I have not played much of red-ball cricket, I have played just two Tests. This time we got a chance to speak to Ajinkya Rahane, we picked his brain on how to bat in the longer format, mentally we are prepared. Even in the nets, we try to be in the right frame of mind.

“When you are happy, you play good cricket. We try to play to our strengths. We had an easy and friendly talk with Rahane, he is very experienced, we had a chance to talk to him and we did exactly that,” said Harmanpreet during a virtual press conference.

Further, Harmanpreet was also questioned regarding how the Indian team is planning to adapt to the conditions of England. The vice-captain admitted that the pitches in England are a lot different from India but the players are trying their best to practice as much as they can before the showpiece event.

“I know we did not get much time to prepare, we did not get enough time to practice but as players, we need to adapt. Wickets here are different, today and tomorrow, we need to do the needful to prepare ourselves,” she added.

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