#INDvSA: Head coach Dravid says Rahane in ‘good space’ ahead of 1st Test

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Centurion: Team India’s head coach Rahul Dravid said that former Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is in a good place for the first Test in South Africa starting on Sunday.

Rahane recently lost his Test vice-captaincy and will be under pressure to perform if given a chance as Shreyas Iyer, who scored a Test century on his debut in Kanpur, is eyeing the elf.

“The interaction with Ajinkya Rahane has been very positive and very good. He has trained very well this week and practiced really well. It’s really no different than any interaction with most of the players. He’s really a good guy. is in place,” Dravid said while answering ANI’s question at the virtual press conference on Saturday.

India have raised their hopes of winning their maiden Test series in the ‘Rainbow Nation’ by beating Australia twice in their home Test series and taking an unassailable 2-1 lead against England.

“Hopefully, we keep improving as a Test team and getting better as a group. Virat has played a huge role in that. As a player and a leader, he has been fantastic. Definitely more than that. Looking forward to moving forward. He is one of those who really love Test cricket, hope he has a great series. It will benefit the team as well.”

With no practice matches ahead of the series, the coach said: “Things are just the way they are at the moment. With the kind of schedule we’re dealing with, like the COVID situation and bubbles, it’s not always easy You get what you want. But the team has responded really well, we worked really hard with the centre-wicket session.”

The Test series between India and South Africa will form part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. The updated schedule is as follows: The first Test will take place from December 26-30 at SuperSport Park, Centurion; The second Test will be held at Wanderers, Johannesburg from January 3-7, 2022; The third Test will be held at Newlands, Cape Town from January 11-15, 2022.

First published:December 25, 2021, 11:37 PM

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