Rahane: Patience is key as a batting unit

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India batsman Ajinkya Rahane has warned fans not to expect any flashy batting from the Test side in the first match against the West Indies in North Sound, with 'patience' the key word for the line up.

With spinner Ravi Ashwin also saying a few days ago that his bowling would require patience, given the slow deck in Antigua, Rahane emphasised the need to resist temptation and play it ball by ball.

Rahane said on Cricinfo: "Patience will be the key as a batting unit but once you get set it is important to [make] each and every session [count] because we will have to give time for our bowlers.

"It is not easy to take 20 wickets on this kind of pitches, especially on the slower tracks. As a batting unit, we will have to take responsibility and I think one or two batsmen will have to get set and score big here.

"You cut out certain shots because, technically, I don't think we will have to change anything really. But we will have to cut out some shots initially, in the first or second session, and after that when you get used to the conditions you will play your shots.

"But initially, it is important to take time for yourself. If you are used to getting 100 in 150 balls, maybe here you will have to get 100 in 200 balls. So as a batsman it is important to play at least 200-plus balls here."

The first Test starts at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on 21 July.

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