Ajinkya Rahane will be looking to make his chances count in the upcoming series for which tips from the master blaster will be certainly helpful.
During an interview with this paper on Friday, Ravi Shastri called Ajinkya Rahane’s situation a “happy headache.” . But no player worth his salt and professional pride would like to be a serial bench-warmer.
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya produced yet another aggressive knock from his bat when the right-hander smashed his maiden Test ton against Sri Lanka in Kandy. Hardik’s knock of 108 runs included 7 sixes and eight boundaries.
Cheteshwar Pujara was asked about sledging during the match, to which he replied, “I did not used to sledge earlier but now I am learning to sledge as it is a crucial part of the game and you need to learn a little bit of that, but it should not be personal.”
Ajinkya Rahane feels India bowlers need to pitch in the right areas to keep the opposition under pressure. The ball was turning square at the SSC on Day 2, especially in the final session where Ashwin picked two.
Ajinkya Rahane smashed career’s 9th Test hundred which is also his sixth outside India. Rahane’s wife Radhika’s reaction after the ton is going viral on social media, watch video.
With this innings, Rahane has once more repaid the faith shown in him and continued to cement his place in the Indian middle order. Rahane has so far played 39 test matches and scored more than 2700 runs at an average of 48.40.
Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday posted a picture on his Instagram account with his wife. He would now be travelling with Indian team for their tour of Sri Lanka beginning from July 26 where they play three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I.
Returning back from the Windies tour, Rahane also claimed that the experience of leading a side gave him loads of confidence.
West Indies aggressive batsman Chris Gayle shares a great bond with the Indian players. Having been a part of the Indian Premier League, Gayle has developed a great friendship with Indian cricketers and the left-hander gave another instance of this when he hosted a team dinner for Indian side.
Ajinkya Rahane said, “This series will give me a lot of confidence especially for the ODI and shorter format. If the team management thinks I should bat at No.4 or at No.1 and 2 then I will always be giving my 100 percent on that.”
With the 2019 World Cup less than two years away, Sourav Ganguly believes Indian skipper Virat Kohli should immediately sit with Rahane and define his role in the team clearly so that a talent like him knows the road ahead clearly.
Team India continues to replicate its Test success in the limited overs format as they trounce West Indies in the third ODI by 93 runs. MS Dhoni once again collected records and garnered personal milestones in Antigua.
Back among the runs, Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane insists that his hunger to perform and deliver has kept him motivated. With 237 runs, Rahane is the highest run-scorer in the ongoing India’s tour of West Indies.
India’s strength remains batting and openers have continued to deliver for the Men in Blue in the shorter formats. In absence of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane is doing a fine job with Shikhar Dhawan.