We have plans for each Australian player, says Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgBatsman Ajinkya Rahane on Monday said the India team has plans in place for each of the Australian players in their upcoming four-Test series starting February 23 in Pune.Rahane said the hosts would look to play attacking cricket. (Steve Smith’s men weakest Australian side to tour India, says Harbhajan Singh)India and Australia have been involved in many verbal duels in the past and this time too the visiting skipper Steve Smith has made it clear that his team won’t shy away from sledging the Indians, even as his deputy David Warner has indicated that they will not sledge the in-form India captain Virat Kohli.”We don’t know if they will sledge or not. We have some plans against each of them, I can’t discuss that here, skill wise or sledging wise, there is definitely a plan. We know that Australian players play mind games. Our aim would be to dominate them in every aspect,” Rahane said. (Tendulkar vs Australia or Kohli-Australia: Which rivalry is more fun?)”We will look to play positive cricket, attacking cricket not only against the spinners but all the bowlers. Practice game and the Test match is completely different, so we have to read the condition well and play according to the situation, that would be the key,” he added.Rahane said India would look to focus on own strengths instead of losing sleep over the combinations of the opponent during the Test series.”They are coming to India and will be expecting a turning track. So yes three fast bowlers and five spinners is their combination but for us it will be important to play to our potential and not focus on their bowling attack, strategies. It is important for each team member to back our own game. (R Ashwin will be ready for me but I have my game plan: David Warner to India Today)advertisement”It will be a different wicket. We have to wait and watch. Once the first day is over, we will have an idea about how it will behave the five days,” he said.On a question about switching between different formats of the game, Rahane said: “Whatever format you play, you want to give your best for your team whether it is T20, Test or ODI. But if you are playing two or three formats it is all about how you adjust mentally. It is all about mental adjustments rather than technical adjustment.” (Australia will lose 0-3 if they play well vs India: Harbhajan Singh)Making a comeback after recovering from a finger injury, Rahane justified the faith shown in his abilities by the team management with a 133-ball 82 in the first innings against Bangladesh in the one-off Test.Asked about the innings, Rahane said: “That innings was very important for me. I was really excited about that Test match, coming back after two months and importantly I got 82, good to spend time in the middle. But it is important to start afresh here.”Australia, we all know, is a very good, experienced team. So it will be important to play to our potential, back ourselves in the middle. As a team we are playing really well and it is important to take one game at a time.” (Virat Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Steve Smith’s men)Rahane also thanked Kohli for picking him ahead of Karun Nair, who scored an unbeaten 303 against England in his third Test.”Injuries are part and parcel of the game, you don’t have control over injuries. It was really good to see Karun get 300 runs for the country and in the end we all are representing India and I would like to thank the team management and the captain for backing me in the match against Bangladesh. I am really confident at the moment playing against Australia.”For all of us it is important to play one game at a time and momentum will be the key. If we play well in the first game, we will have to carry that momentum forward,” added the 28-year-old.last_img read more

WWE: Ronda Rousey slammed through table by Stephanie McMahon on last RAW before WrestleMania

first_imgRonda Rousey was at the receiving end of a Stephanie McMahon suplex as the former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter was sent crashing through a table on te latest episode of Monday Night RAW.Rousey, on her first night as a full-time WWE Superstar, had slammed Stephanie’s husband and WWE COO Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque through a table after being involved in a stare down with the boss’s daughter.Rousey along with her Mixed Tag Team partner Kurt Angle, came face-to-face with their WrestleMania opponents and the tensions started to escalate almost immediately. The King of Kings pre-emptively blamed The Olympic Gold medallist for a potential Ronda loss.’The Baddest Woman on the Planet’ replied by demanding why Triple H signed her with “ulterior motives” as Stephanie took issue with being demanded to do anything. Angle reminded their opponents they were speaking to an Olympic medallist and a former UFC champion as Triple H reminded Angle that, despite all of Ronda’s accolades and skills, she was stepping into a world she did not yet fully understand.The trash-talking continued through a pair of questions from the WWE Universe, peaking when Stephanie implied that Rousey’s impending loss would be too much for her to handle. Moderator Jonathan Coachman seemed to cool the hostilities enough to stage a pre-match photo session, but Stephanie’s words had hit their mark, and Rousey was soon nose-to-nose with the Raw Commissioner.Triple H dispatched Angle with a microphone to the back of the head, and when “Rowdy” Ronda turned her attention to the COO, Stephanie struck, driving Ronda through the interview table she’d been sitting behind moments earlier.advertisement(With inputs from WWE)last_img read more