Matthew Renshaw made a hard-fought 68 on a minefield of a pitch in the first Test at Pune. He followed it up with a swift 31 in the second innings of the same Test. Even the top Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could not make much of an impact on Renshaw.
His opening partner David Warner feels that Renshaw’s proficiency took India by surprise, "First Test match in India, India probably didn't expect that. We have never seen him (Renshaw) play in these conditions as well, so we know how he can play and that's the good thing about this game. When you have fresh people in the team, you don't know what they are capable of as well and it adds another string to your bow," Warner said while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
Renshaw used his feet to great effect against the Indian spinners. "He (Renshaw) played fantastic. It could have been a different story if he stayed out there or he didn't come off (in first innings) but the way he played and the way he adapted from coming off, being sick and going back out there was credit to him," Warner added.
The swashbuckling opener also admitted that week-long training in Dubai before arriving in India has had a role in play in the team getting accustomed to the conditions, "Having that week in Dubai and having freshened up as well after our summer was fantastic for me and my preparation. And I know the guys that went to Dubai early, they were all talking about how good it was to prepare over there and get their mind set and get the miles in the legs to come here," he said.
The dashing opener added that staying in Dubai aided them when it came the fatigue factor, "We are truly grateful for that opportunity. Sometimes when you come here to these countries, in these conditions you probably don't have as much preparation because as a player sometimes when you are in this heat you fatigue quite fast,” he further informed reporters.
--By A Cricket Correspondent