New Delhi: With the India versus South Africa series starting on October 2, star player Ajinkya Rahane stated on Friday that the batsmen are currently working on their T20 skills at the nets.
Indian team is having their practice sessions in Bengaluru ahead of the Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series against South Africa, which begins with three T20Is and five ODIs.
Speaking to BCCI.tv, Rahane said the Indian team batsmen are focusing on their T20 skills in the camp. “In the camp the preparation is going on really well. We worked on fitness for the first couple of days and now for the last two days we have been working on the skills. Since the series is starting with the T20Is, we are specifically working on how we can improvise as batsmen,” he said.
Indian batsmen were seen practicing at the nets in Bengaluru, and the BCCI posted a video on social micro-blogging site Twitter.
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Fielding has been an important aspect of the game for India over the past few years and the current crop of youngsters have done well on the field, especially in the shorter formats of the game. Alongside batting, a lot of impetus is being given on fielding and Rahane stated that good work in the field can impact the outcome of a match.
“The importance of fielding in modern cricket has risen to a great extent,” he said. “You can win matches with your fielding and catching. All of us have been working really hard with your fielding coach, R Sridhar, because we know that saving 15-odd runs, taking a couple of good catches and affecting a run-out can win you a match,” the right-hander said.
Rahane will hope to have a major impact for the hosts given his importance in all three formats of the game in recent times.