Failure in one game doesn’t make us bad against short ball – Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane feels that India’s issues against the short ball are being spoken about “too much”, adding that their 2-0 Test series defeat in New Zealand came about mainly due to their opposition’s skilful use of home conditions.

New Zealand’s bowlers have used the short ball liberally in recent years, especially at home, and it was the weapon of choice for Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner in particular in the series against India. After India’s loss in the first Test in Wellington, their captain Virat Kohli had put their issues against the short ball down to an unusually two-paced pitch, but the pitch for the second Test in Christchurch was truer in terms of pace, even if it offered plenty of seam movement.

Rahane came under scrutiny for his lack of control against the short ball during India’s second innings in Christchurch, getting dropped in the deep off an airborne pull shot, taking…

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