India's batsmen face a test of character when they take on hosts England in their five-match Test series
India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane believes Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara's class will come to the surface when the Test series with England begins on Wednesday.
Both Dhawan and Pujara have struggled for runs ahead of the five-Test series. The former made a pair against Essex whilst Pujara's decision to get some regular County Championship matches under his belt has yielded an average of just 14.33 from 12 innings for Yorkshire.
Rahane says he would not be concerned for the health of the Indian batting order if one or both are selected for the Test at Edgbaston.
"Right now in England, it's like playing in Mumbai or Chennai!" ☀️— ICC (@ICC) July 31, 2018
Ajinkya Rahane says India are getting used to the conditions ahead of the first #ENGvIND
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"We are not worried at all, because both are really quality batsmen," said the 30-year-old.
"It just takes one good innings to get into your rhythm. We all back them."
Rahane, who stood in for Virat Kohli as captain when India played Test debutants Afghanistan last month, said each batsman should play to their own strengths and not chop and change their style.
"As a batting unit, I feel that challenging yourself and backing your own game -- rather than copying someone else -- is important," he said. "If you're set here, you should really make it count.
"I feel that in terms of skill, both teams are on a par. It will be a test of our mind and character here."
Rahane has racked up nine centuries in 45 Tests since making his debut in 2013, and is on his third tour of England.
He accepts there is a difference in the conditions compared to India but adds there is no point in thinking too hard about them.
Dhawan or Rahul? Play Pujara? How many spinners?— The Field (@thefield_in) July 30, 2018
Imagine you are Virat Kohli (or Ravi Shastri) and choose your playing XI for India’s 1st Test against England.#ENGvIND
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"Playing in England is always a challenge... (but) if you think about the result you put pressure on yourself," he said.
"This time we just want to express ourselves.
"Personally I enjoy those challenges, playing abroad.
Training hard at nets ahead of our first test against England. pic.twitter.com/g6AN9l0Ci3— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 30, 2018
"You know here in England the ball does a bit, in Australia there's bounce, again in New Zealand the ball does a bit... I'm really looking forward to this series."