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Ajinkya Rahane confident about Team India having a positive approach towards DRS

Shyam Sunder
801   //    07 Nov 2016, 17:46 IST
Ajinkya Rahane will have a major role to play for Team India in the series against England

India will be taking on the England cricket team in a five-match Test series starting on the 9th of November at Rajkot. The series will be closely followed by cricketing fraternities across the globe not just because two of the dominant Test-playing nations will be against each other but also for the fact that India will be using DRS for the first time in a home series.

The vice-captain of the Indian Test team, Ajinkya Rahane said in a pre-match press conference that though the Decision Review System technology is under some sort of scrutiny, the team has been working out plans on how to approach the controversial technology.

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"It's a completely new concept. We have to wait and see about DRS. We have been discussing this from the last series against New Zealand and we have formulated some plans. We will spend some more time explaining about DRS to team members, how it works and how we should approach it," he said.

Rahane went on to say that despite the use of the controversial technology in the series, the team's chief priority will be to play some attacking cricket. He said, "The main focus is to play good, attacking cricket and DRS will come later on." The BCCI has been firm in its stand against the DRS since its terrible experience in Sri Lanka eight years ago. However, the technology finally got its approval for the upcoming series on a trial basis. 

Rahane went on to state that the introduction of DRS meant an additional responsibility to the slip fielders and the wicket-keeper of the team. The right-hander explained, "The wicketkeeper is very important in the use of DRS and as a slip fielder you have that role in conveying the message to the captain and the bowler. We have to wait and see how it goes in the series."

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The 28-year old also mentioned that the batsmen will be a lot more involved in the game in the presence of DRS. "As a batsman, you are completely involved in the game. You have to see where the ball is going and convey it to your partner. You have to be sure whether to ask for a review or not all the time," he said. 

The batsman went on to claim that the main objective of the Indian team would be to carry the momentum from the last series and to make sure that they played some good and aggressive cricket in the five-match Test series against England.

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