‘Struggling’ Rahane passes short-ball test

Ajinkya Rahane loves to hook. He hooked Mitchell Johnson to oblivion in Melbourne in 2014. He is one of the Indian batsmen who likes pace and bounce more than the lack of it. In India, though, pace and bounce are not always true.

He was hit on the arm guard and the helmet. His ramp wouldn’t connect and he top-edged his hooks. Rahane never looked at ease facing the short ball. Yet he scored 188 after coming in at 100 for 3, adding India’s highest fourth-wicket partnership with Virat Kohli.

“This hundred is really special because the way I batted yesterday,” Rahane said “I took my time, and today I dominated. I’m glad to have handled that spell yesterday when they were bowling short balls. Even this morning [against the short ball], I think the attitude was important. I will rate this hundred right at the top.

“When you struggle it is important how much you enjoy that struggle,” Rahane…

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