Returning to India’s colors after almost 18 months, senior slugger Ajinkya Rahane doesn’t want to ‘regret’ the lost time and would like to bat in the upcoming World Testing Championship final against Australia with the same ‘intention’ as him. in the just completed IPL. “Coming back in 18-19 months, whatever happens, good or bad, I don’t want to think about my past. I just want to start over and keep doing what I used to do,” Rahein told BCCI.TV on the sidelines of India’s workout.
“Personally, I enjoyed playing for CSK as I was a good batter throughout the season, even before the IPL. I had a very good domestic season and felt good. So this comeback was a little emotional for me.” Rahane, who was part of CSK’s fifth team to win the IPL title, has already received much praise for his attacking play and improved hitting frequency in T20 cricket, and especially the 27-ball 61 against the Mumbai Indians showed a shift in his intention.
“I want to hit with the same attitude and show the same intention as before coming here for the IPL and the Ranji Trophy. I don’t like to think about the format, whether it’s T20 or tests. The way I hit now, I don’t want to complicate things, and the more I simplify, the better for me,” said the veteran, who passed 82 tests and 4,931 runs.
The man who led India to the series’ most talked about triumph in Australia back in 2021 also praised Rohit Sharma for superbly leading the team through much of this WTC cycle.
“I think the culture in the team is really good right now. Rohit is doing very well with the team and I’m sure Rahul Bhai is also doing very well with the team. It also helps and the atmosphere is really good. Everyone enjoys each other’s company,” he said.
Rahein thanked his family and friends for the support he received during his absence from the national team.
“It was (a) emotional moment for me. When I was dropped the support I got from my family was huge and it was my dream to play for India and that was huge. Playing for India means a lot to me and I have worked hard on my fitness and returned to home cricket.” “Thanks to the BCCI and the breeders and when I returned to domestic cricket my goal was to play for India – whether it was the Ranji Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy or training, for me every day I woke up it was all about what I I can play India again.
“What made my comeback possible is that I enjoyed every moment, whether it was success or failure, and didn’t regret it. Learn from every person on the Mumbai Ranji team. You have to grow as a cricketer every single day, the learning process must not stop.” He said.
Playing in England is not easy, says Rahane, who scored 100 victory points in a test match at Lord’s Stadium in 2014.
“It’s all about the attitude and reading the situation correctly, being in the moment and playing it session after session. In England, you don’t just look at the field, but also watch the weather. In England you never feel like you’re in the game even if you hit 70,” he said.
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