Mathews set to play as batsman in India Tests

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

Ahead of his side's three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Monday revealed the toughest Indian bowlers whom he kept to.

The Indian team support staff was seen giving throwdowns of short pitch deliveries as the likes of Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and skipper Kohli warmed up. I don't think we will have any problem.

"See South Africa will be completely different. We will think about South Africa when we go there", he said. It's not that we have planned differently for a particular bowler.

"For us every match and series is important before going to South Africa (in January) but I feel we are just focussing on this series right now, first game in Calcutta". So we focus on our training sessions, we focus on our recovery sessions, ice baths, pool sessions, management is taking care of all the aspect. For us, if we want to be the number one team, every series is important and we want to win each and every match and each and every series. "The first Test here is important to get the momentum".

While the Indian left-right handed duo mainly played in the Vs with occasional reverse sweep, middle-order batsman Rahane's stint at the nets was peppered with the unorthodox shot to the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav, hinting their strategy against Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan. I don't think he will bowl here. This is an important series for Sri Lanka as well and they have been preparing really well. I am just practising sweep, reverse sweep and paddle sweep to have my options open. For me it is important to give 100 per cent in nets. So we won't be taking them lightly.

Rahane got out for 49 and 45 in his last two Ranji matches against Odisha and Baroda respectively, but he was "not too concerned" about that. For me I have been batting very well. "I got four fifties in a row in the one-day series", Rahane told reporters here.

Asked about the team's workload being an issue with all-rounder Hardik Pandya rested for the Lanka series, Rahane said: "It is important to manage yourself as a professional athlete. Recovery will be very important for us".

"We are yet to see the wicket". The Tour begins with the Test series, and the two squads were announced at the weekend Eden Gardens in Kolkata is the venue for the first match, which begins on Thursday.

In his last Test against the Sri Lankans in the latter's own lair, Rahane scored 17 in the first innings.

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