Indian Cricket Team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has hailed Karun Nair for his historic triple century in the Fifth Test against England at Chennai. Rahane also praised the bench strength of the Indian Team and appreciated the performances of the newcomers coming in, “I am really happy with the way Parthiv (Patel) and Karun (Nair) played. I think they all deserve this success because they work so hard in first-class cricket. It’s all about the team sport. It’s all about enjoying each other’s success,” Rahane told India Today.
“Really happy for Parthiv. Jayant (Yadav) also bowled well and scored a century. Karun also got a century. So, really happy for all these guys,” he added.
Speaking about his injury, Rahane said, “Injuries are part and parcel of this game and one cannot do much about it. It hurts when you are not playing but it’s all about how you take it and move forward and for me, it’s all about taking positive steps at a time,”
Rahane said he was overjoyed to see the team perform so well and says they enjoy each other's performances, “It was fantastic to see that we played as a team and that’s what you want as a team member. Everyone is contributing, everyone is doing well and everyone is enjoying each other’s success. So really happy with the success of the team,”
Rahane added that the team concentrates on it's own strengths and weaknesses, and doesn't reflect upon the opposition too much, “We all know England is a very good and experienced team but in this series we focused on our strengths rather than thinking about their strengths or weaknesses. We talked about our strengths and positive attitude on the field and even at practice sessions we were focusing on our skills. That’s what really helped us.”
“As I mentioned, England is a very good team and we respected them on the field. It is important to respect your opponents and play to your strengths. So, really happy with the kind of cricket we played,” Rahane concluded.