Mumbai, Dec 5: He was in great form during Test series against West Indies and New Zealand but India's vice captain Ajinkya Rahane is going through a rough patch against England.
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The Mumbaikar was the second successful Indian batsman after Virat Kohli during the three-Test series against New Zealand but he has failed to cast fear in the minds of English bowlers in the ongoing series.
In the three Tests played so far Rahane has scored 13, 1 (Rajkot), 23, 26 (Visakhapatnam), and 0 (Mohali). These figures do no justice to a batsman like Rahane who had run feast against New Zealand only a month back.
Rahane scored 347 against Blackcaps in the six innings at an average of 69.40. 188 was the highest he scored against New Zealand, but his batting performance against England has taken a severe beating.
In the 5 innings, Rahane has scored only 63 runs in the three Tests at a paltry average of 12.60. The right-handed batsman failed terribly against Enlgish spinners as he was dismissed by spin trio of Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Zafar Ansari three times in five innings.
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Although there is no pressure over Rahane to 'perform or perish' but batsmen like Rahane doesn't wait for alarm bells to ring.
The dependable middle-order batsman has sought help of his childhood coach Pravin Amre ahead of Mumbai Test, starting December 8. Rahane went to the MCA's Bandra Kurla Complex ground on Sunday (Dec 4) for a net session with his guru.
He spent time with Amre, who made Rahane bat against a lot of spinners.
Amre reportedly told Rahane to concentrate on the angle of his bat. After the intense practice session, Rahane looked a lot more confident.
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Amre is a former Indian cricket batsman and has trained the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli. He was also the coach of the U-19 cricket team which won the world cup in 2012. Presently, he is assistant coach of the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils.
The upcoming Test at Mumbai will be a special one for Rahane for he will be playing his first Test on his home ground. Though he was a part of the Indian side in 2013, during Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test, but he didn't get a place in the Playing XI.