Rahane, India ready to play DRS catch-up

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As a slip fielder, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane expects to have an important role to play when India get to grips with the Decision Review System [DRS] in the Test series against England.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] has finally agreed to utilise DRS after a prolonged period of opposition, reportedly due in no small part to the scepticism of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni, who have since retired from the longest form of the game.

Other major Test nations have been using the system since its formal introduction in 2008, but Rahane will be among the India players lacking familiarity with the technology in the opening match of the five-Test series, which starts in Rajkot on Wednesday.

"It's a completely new concept," he told reporters.

"We have to wait and see about DRS. 

"We have been discussing about this from the last series and we have [formulated] some plans. We will spend some [more] time explaining about DRS [to team-mates], how it works and how we should approach it, but the main focus is to play good, attacking cricket and DRS will come later on.

"The wicketkeeper is very important [in the use of DRS] and as a slip fielder you have that role to convey the message to the captain and the bowler. We have to wait and see how it goes in the series.

"And as a batsman you are completely involved in the game. You have to see where the ball is going and convey it to your partner. You have to be sure [whether to review or not] all the time."

India recorded a 3-0 whitewash in their previous Test series at home to New Zealand.