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Adaptability & a positive mindset key to India's success in Christchurch, feels Rahane

Adaptability & a positive mindset key to India's success in Christchurch, feels Rahane

Christchurch, Feb 27 (UNI) After suffering a heavy defeat in the first match in Wellington,

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said it was important for his side to go into the

Christchurch Test with an improved mindset.

India were outplayed in all departments in the first Test, as they went down by 10

wickets. The downfall began on the first morning itself, as they were undone by the

lateral movement, with New Zealand bowlers taking full advantage of the favourable

conditions on offer.

Going into the second Test, India are working towards rectifying their mistakes from

the first game, while still going into Christchurch with a clear mindset. Rahane

acknowledged that adapting to the conditions will be a key to turning their fortunes

around and suggested that the pitch at the Hagley Oval is expected to have more

carry than the one in Wellington, which might suit the visitors better, an ICC report

on Thursday said.

"In New Zealand as a batting unit and as a bowling unit, we've got to adapt to the

conditions here. Pitching areas are completely different here than in India or South

Africa or Australia," Rahane said.

"The India A guys played here and Hanuma Vihari was telling us this wicket plays

much better. There's good pace and bounce on this wicket... we'll have to wait and

see. Assess the conditions very quickly on the first day of the game and play

accordingly," he said.

Having gotten bowled out for 165 and 191 in their two innings in the first Test, a lot

of the talk has centered around the ability of Indian batsman in challenging conditions.

In the bowling department, Ishant Sharma sparkled with 5/68 in New Zealand's first

innings, but Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah got only one wicket each as New

Zealand piled on 348. Rahane however, backed the experienced duo to come good.

"I thought they bowled pretty well," he said. "Ishant obviously bowled well. But

Shami and Bumrah, they've been bowling so well... it's just one game odd where they

didn't get wickets. They are both quality bowlers."

Rahane feels it is important for India to retain a positive mindset going into the second

Test and he feels the lure of ICC World Test Championship points will help them stay in

the present.

"It's important to trust yourself, not think too much about the first Test," he said. "It's all

about going in with a fresh mindset, we all know that 60 points are at stake. If we win this

Test match, we know we'll improve our lead, so it's all about trusting our ability and having

that faith in ourselves."

UNI XC-BM

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