Ajinkya Rahane is focusing on another comeback in the limited-overs format of the game. At a virtual press conference, Rahane revealed that he had expected to be included in Kohli’s Team India during World Cup 2019.
Rahane expecting an ODI comeback
Ajinkya Rahane, the 32-year-old Delhi Capitals batsman told that he had expected to feature for Indian cricket in their last World Cup campaign for the much-anticipated No.4 position. “I was actually thinking I will be there in the World Cup batting at No. 4, but it is gone now.” Rahane continued that he does not think about it much anymore but definitely aims to make a come back to the ODI team. “You cannot think too much about it. My goal, my aim, is to come back into the ODI team, do well in white-ball cricket which I am really confident about.”
Ajinkya Rahane who is going to play for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 further insisted that his immediate focus is to do well for his side in the league. “But I always think of things I can control as an individual and how can I give my best and learn and get better as a cricketer. Right now my only aim is to do well for Delhi Capitals. And I am sure about my ODI comeback, and I do believe in myself. Not thinking too much about it, but yes at that time I felt that I should be there at No. 4.”
Ajinkya Rahane for a major part of the IPL 2019 was seen leading the Rajasthan Royals side. Then he was traded to the Delhi team for two spinners. So the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League will be a new start for Ajinkya Rahane. While he aims at the IPL 2020, he is eager to make a comeback in India’s limited-overs cricket team. Rahane explained, “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.”
Rahane ready to accept any role
Rahane opened for Rajasthan Royals but at Delhi Capitals he still does not aware of his role. Although he enjoys opening, former Royals skipper is ready to switch for the sake of a new team. “You know my character. I am always open to whatever the team asks me to do. I always give my best for that particular role. 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. I will 100% accept that. If they want me to bat 5 or 6, I will definitely accept it. It will be an opportunity for me as a cricketer to explore something new about my game.”
Rahane is excited to play under Ricky Ponting. After coming back from New Zealand Rahane started practicing for IPL 2020 before the pandemic stopped everything. “I have not batted for five to six months. I was only doing visualization, meditation but no cricketing skills. I think the attitude and work ethics will be really important this time. Also, discipline and following all the rules on and off the field is going to be a challenge.”