India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Friday that he expects the Chepauk pitch to offer serious turn from the very first day of the second Test against England, reported PTI. India would try to level the four-match series and remain in contention for the World Test Championship final. While the pitch didn't have anything for bowlers in the first Test that India lost by 227 runs, the fresh pitch, with a darker and drier look, promises to be a spinners' paradise in the game starting Saturday.
Rahane said, "Yeah, it looks completely different. I am sure it will turn from day 1 but again as I have said before the first Test match, you have to wait and see how it plays in the first session and take it from there on."
He added, "But yeah we have to forget what happened in the first Test. We know these conditions really well and we have to put our best foot forward tomorrow and yeah that's it."
Although Rahane hinted that left-arm spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel is available for selection, he did not divulge the playing XI.
He said, "Everyone is in the mix and good thing is Axar is fit and I am not going to tell you who is going to play tomorrow. See all our spinners are really good and given a chance they will all do really well."
According to Rahane, the spinners' first innings form wasn't something that the team was overtly concerned about. He said, "If you see the first two days, there was nothing for our spinners and fast bowlers. Considering we bowled 190 overs and they scored 578 runs, I thought we really bowled well."
He added, "There was nothing on that wicket. If you see second innings, all our spinners, especially Ashwin bowled really well. We are not too concerned about how our spinners are bowling and I am sure we will come out with a plan."
"We are really working hard on what we can control. In India, close-in catches are really important and sometimes these things happen. No one does it intentionally, it's all about how confident you are. Close in catches are really important. About, no balls, yes we all were disappointed about the no balls and they are working really hard