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Rahane pins hope on Ashwin, Jadeja to deliver the goods on South Africa tour

Rahane also reiterated about Ravi Shastri's contribution in bringing the team together along with skipper Virat Kohli.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 28, 2017 20:11 IST ]
Image Source : AP A file image of Ravichandran Ashwin

India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is confident that the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be able to continue their splendid form in the longer format in the upcoming South Africa tour, starting January 5 in Cape Town. The 29-year old believes that the spin twins will make the necessary adjustment to their bowling style to adapt according to the South African pitches.

"I feel Ashwin and Jadeja, they both have it in them to deliver abroad and not only in India. See when you play in India you have to bowl in a certain way and if you see the likes of Moeen Ali, Nathan Lyon if they are playing in England, Australia they have to bowl in a different style," Rahane told a news channel. 

"So, Ashwin and Jadeja, they are doing really well at the moment but I am sure they are capable of doing well abroad as well. Yes, they have to change their style a bit, skills a bit, have to bowl at a different pace but I completely believe that and I am confident that whoever plays or even if both of them play, they will do well in abroad," the stylish Mumbaikar commented. 

Like it has been said million times over, Rahane also reiterated about Ravi Shastri's contribution in bringing the team together along with Virat Kohli. 

"When you have Ravi bhai on the side, you are thinking positively. He always tells us 'back yourself and just enjoy your game'. The guy who is not doing well, he (Shastri) is there to support him and he always backs him and gives him positive vibes....that's a good thing about him," he said. 

"About Virat, as I already mentioned. Virat is a guy, who backs each and every player, he supports everyone. A word from him is always like, go and play yourself, bat yourself, I am there to support you all, don't you worry about your performances, results...everything will be take care.

(With PTI Inputs)

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