England’s top players like Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes are regular players in IPL but it doesn’t mean that they always get a sneak peek into top India player’s mindset or strategies.
The IPL has made it easier for players across the globe to come closer & also exchange notes on each other’s game while sharing the dressing room for two months. How much will that help England during the upcoming series against India? Ajinkya Rahane was asked this question during an interview. “See, we definitely play in the IPL, but Test cricket and IPL are completely different. We do know how their bowlers bowl here, but length (that one bowls) is completely different in Test cricket from what they are in white ball (formats),” Rahane replied.
“What we do in IPL, it’s not like we tell them all the things and I think that is very important. Yes, we have played a lot of cricket together, but when you represent the country, it is all about how best you can give individually and as a team,” Rahane said.
While he admitted that Archer & Stokes are crucial players for England, Rahane said one can’t ignore the balance that the opposition squad possesses as a whole.
“Ben Stokes and (Jofra) Archer, they are really good players. They did really well for England, so it is not about any individual. I think it is all about a team, England team, they are a very balanced outfit which did really well recently against Sri Lanka,” said Rahane.
“So for us, what is important is that we plan against all their guys and just play as a team here and back our strengths,” concluded Rahane.