Players changed their style for Kanpur Test: Williamson reduced the weight of the bat by 50 grams, Rahul called Rahane-Pujara from the nets and gave tips – India Times Hindi News

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Kanpur5 minutes agoWriters: Shalabh Anand Bajpayee

The first match of the India-New Zealand Test series will be played at the Green Park Stadium on Thursday. This pitch is considered helpful for spin bowlers. In such a situation, the batsmen of both the teams have prepared their strategy against the spin attack. Kane Williamson has reduced the weight of his bat. At the same time, India coach Rahul Dravid has given tips to the batsmen of his top order. He also took Ajinkya Rahane’s 15-minute special class. These preparations were visible during the practice session in Kanpur. Read the report of the preparations made during the practice session…

Kiwi captain changed shape with bat weight
Kiwi captain Kane Williamson has changed the shape of the bottom of his bat. He has flattened the bat from below. Which makes it easy to play Backfoot Punch. Actually, Williamson, who specializes in playing backfoot punch on the off side and shot at cover, has made these changes in the bat keeping in mind the spin track of Kanpur. He has reduced the weight of his bat by about 50 grams. The flat bottom will reduce the chances of the keeper going to the inner edge. Less weight will generate more power in the shot.

Williamson has also changed the shape of his bat for the spin pitches of Kanpur.

Williamson has also changed the shape of his bat for the spin pitches of Kanpur.

Dravid gave tips to Pujara-Rahane for spinners
The results of most Tests at Green Park do not have to wait until the fifth day. Due to the dominance of the spinners, the result of the Test has come here on the third and fourth days as well. Keeping this in mind, Indian batsmen have practiced in the nets. During the nets on Wednesday, coach Dravid was seen giving tips to his batsmen. He spoke to captain Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara in the nets for about 15 minutes. Dravid called both the batsmen in the middle of the batting and shared his experience of spin bowling with them. Dravid interacted with all the leading batsmen.

Not Virat, Rohit and Rahul, now the onus is on Rahane-Pujara
The BCCI has rested captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami for the New Zealand Test series. Apart from this, KL Rahul has been ruled out of the entire series due to injury. After this the responsibility of batting has come on Rahane and Pujara. Suryakumar has also been included in the Test.

India’s spin pair Ashwin-Jadeja
The combination of spinners in India’s team is good. Apart from Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin, Axar Patel and Jayant Yadav have also been included in the team. However, considering the performance in Tests, the pair of Ashwin and Jadeja can get a chance. At the same time, spinners like Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra, Will Somerville, Ajaz Patel have been included in the New Zealand team.

Ashwin (left) and Ravindra Jadeja bowl during a practice session at Green Park in Kanpur on Wednesday.

Ashwin (left) and Ravindra Jadeja bowl during a practice session at Green Park in Kanpur on Wednesday.

Indian team for first test
Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Siraj, Pranand Krishna.

New Zealand team
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jameson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner.

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