Melbourne, December 25
India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane today said he would rather focus on his team than worrying about Australia’s “mind games” ahead of the Boxing Day Test starting here tomorrow.
Australia coach Justin Langer had said yesterday he would be “happy” if the Indian team is under a bit of stress after the humiliating defeat in the first Test and would like to put pressure on Rahane, who is taking charge in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.
“Australians are very good at playing mind games and I will let them do that. We are focussing on ourselves, what we want to do as a unit and we are going to back our every individual,” Rahane said on the eve of the match.
“It is a proud moment for me leading India, obviously it is a great opportunity, responsibility as well, but I don’t want to take any pressure,” said the middle-order batsman. “I think what I want to do is back my team. So focus is not on me, it is all about the team and how we want to do well as a team. We are focussing on that.”
Even skipper Kohli, before leaving for India, urged Rahane to be himself and play fearless cricket.
“Virat spoke to all of us before leaving. We had our team dinner in Adelaide, so he spoke to all of us about staying in the moment, playing for each other and enjoying each other’s success and help each other out on the field,” Rahane said. — PTI