From being out in the cold, Ajinkya Rahane steps into IPL cauldron

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Written by Vishal Menon
| New Delhi |

Published: August 27, 2020 9:09:53 pm





Delhi Capitals gamers Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin (Source: PTI)

In his first digital press convention in a Delhi Capitals jersey, Ajinkya Rahane made a candid confession. He mentioned that he had not picked up his cricket bat for 5 months. After getting back from the New Zealand tour in February, he had barely begun coaching for the IPL season, earlier than his plans went haywire because of the lockdown introduced because of the pandemic. Visualisation workouts, meditation and spending high quality time with daughter Arya helped him by these months in isolation.

In essence, Rahane has arrived in Dubai completely from the chilly. Having come to the new franchise after a trade-off with Rajasthan Royals, he involves the IPL season simply three weeks away with a reasonably daunting activity forward of him. Find a technique to get again into rhythm. “It will be a challenge, but I think I will need just five or six sessions in the nets to get into my groove,” he opined.

When he was requested about the risk of IPL runs pushing his case for a comeback to the Indian ODI crew, Rahane quipped: “I am hopeful of making a comeback in white-ball cricket. If you see my record before getting dropped in ODIs, it was really good actually. People talk about strike rate and averages. Before getting dropped from 50-over cricket, it was really good. I have faith in myself rather than what people are saying.” The final time he featured in ODIs was towards South Africa in 2018, when he scored 140 runs in six video games. This had come after he scored 586 runs in 12 matches at a median of 48.83 in 2017. Not having a clearly-defined position could have led to his cluttered strategy in 50-over cricket.

Nevertheless, Rahane maintained that he ought to have been India’s No.four batsman at the 2019 World Cup. It didn’t matter that his Mumbai and Delhi Capitals mate Shreyas Iyer has already made that spot his personal in ODIs. For as soon as, the senior man was pushing his personal case.

“I was actually thinking I will be there in the World Cup batting at No. 4, but it is gone now,” he mentioned, earlier than including: “I don’t think too much about it [the World Cup], [but] yes, especially when I was playing county cricket when the World Cup was happening… as a player everyone wants to be a part of the World Cup team, especially when you know you have worked really hard, and your record in the past was really good.”

In T20Is and IPL, the 32-year-old has prospered as an opener. In truth, 110 of his 132 IPL innings have come as an opener. But with the Delhi Capitals being blessed with a bevy of big-hitting openers resembling Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Jason Roy, Rahane could should step into the center order, realistically at the No.four spot. “I am always open to whatever the team asks me to do. Having said that, I always opened throughout my career. I always enjoy opening the batting. It is completely up to the team management what role they want me to play,” he supplied.

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