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AUS vs IND: How planning his own sessions helped Ajinkya Rahane for the challenge Down Under

Ajinkya Rahane‘s meticulous planning and execution of his training sessions during the COVID-19 induced break is helping him immensely on the ongoing tour of Australia, feels his coach Pravin Amre.

Rahane’s dogged 112, which according to head coach Ravi Shastri was the turning point of the game, became the cornerstone of India’s famous win in the second Test in Melbourne.

Asked what message he gave Rahane before the tour, Amre said he just told the fellow Mumbaikar to keep things simple.

“We don’t think about multiple tours at one time. We try to be in that one tour, (take) one tour at a time and try to give best in that basically. And that is what Ajinkya did,” Amre, himself a former India player, told PTI.

Amre, who made a hundred in his debut Test in Durban, said credit must be given to Rahane as he visualised what he was going to face in Australia.

“This year (2020) specially we have to give credit to him (Rahane) because most of the time as coaches we plan the sessions and practise, but this particular, in this difficult time in COVID, he planned his own sessions, worked hard, basically harder than before, because he used to practise two sessions instead of one.

“But those are the things… small small things he worked (on), he visualised this is going to be my preparation for this tough of Australia. And any success can’t come just like (that), we know preparation is important,” said Amre, who played in 11 Tests and 37 ODIs.