Rahane said IPL may have bridged the gap between players of different countries but that has no effect when they represent their country.

India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said that Indian players may share the dressing room with overseas players during the Indian Premier League (IPL) but they do not share their gameplan, keeping international cricket in mind.

Ahead of the four-match Test series, Rahane said IPL may have bridged the gap between players of different countries but that has no effect when they play against each other in international cricket.

“See, we definitely play in the IPL, but Test cricket and IPL are completely different. We do know how their bowlers bowl here, but length (that one bowls) is completely different in Test cricket from what they are in white-ball (formats),” Rahane was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Rahane, who has shared the dressing room with England players likes Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer said it is a different ballgame altogether when you represent your country.

“What we do in IPL, it’s not like we tell them all the things and I think that is very important. Yes, we have played a lot of cricket together, but when you represent the country, it is all about how best you can give individually and as a team,” he added.

Despite agreeing that Archer and Stokes are key players for England, Ajinkya emphasized that England have a pretty balanced squad.

“Ben Stokes and (Jofra) Archer, they are really good players. They did really well for England, so it is not about any individual. I think it is all about a team, England team, they are a very balanced outfit which did really well recently against Sri Lanka.

“So for us, what is important is that we plan against all their guys and just play as a team here and back our strengths,” he concluded.

The first Test between India and England will begin on Friday, February 5, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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