Of late, Ajinkya Rahane has emerged as one of India’s best Test batsman.
The right-hander has shown time and again that he is can deliver in the most difficult situations.
However, ever since MS Dhoni cast doubts about his ability to bat on slow pitches, the Mumbai batsman has not enjoyed a fixed slot in the batting order.
The soft-spoken batsman stated he is motivated by the team’s faith in his ability to bat at any position. “I don’t think too much about it. If the team asks me to bat in a particular position, I just concentrate on that. My job is to go out there and give my best. In fact, if the team is asking me to bat in different positions, I actually find it motivating because that means the team believes in my ability to do so. It means that I can bat in any position, in any situation,” he said.
The stylish right-hander has proved time and again that he can deliver in the most difficult situations where others raise their hands up. His consistency and increasing records are a testimony.
In 2014 tour of England, Rahane showed great resilience to set up India’s famous win at Lord’s after 28 years with a fine century in the first innings while the big guns failed to perform.
Now fresh after another vital contribution for his team’s recent 3-0 Test series win over South Africa, Rahane said he has always backed his cricket and given his entire commitment on the field.
“I respect the game and just try and keep looking at ways to improve. I don’t think about outside things, like who’s saying what, what’s going to happen. What I do on the field is the only thing that matters. Contributing to the team and a winning cause is the only thing that keeps me going,” he said.
Rahane become only the fifth Indian to score centuries in both innings of a match during the fourth Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla.