Ajinkya Rahane needs to make a comeback to ODI cricket


New Delhi, July 11

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane is trusting his instincts to make an ODI comeback, a format he final performed in February 2018. 

The 32-year-old mentioned he was mentally getting ready himself to play all three codecs.

“I am ready to bat at any position in ODI cricket, whether opening or No. 4 or whatever, I am ready. My instinct answers yes, I want to make a comeback in ODI cricket,” Rahane informed former India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta on an ESPNcricinfo chat present.

“But when the opportunity will come, we don’t know. Mentally I am preparing to play all the formats. It is all about being positive about yourself and about your abilities.”

To make an ODI comeback will likely be harder than ever contemplating the stiff competitors. He will likely be comfy batting at 4 however fellow Mumbaikar Shreyas Iyer has secured that spot for now. The staff additionally has a settled opening pair in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

“I have enjoyed opening the innings, but I don’t mind batting at No. 4 if I am asked to do so. I have enjoyed both roles,” he mentioned when requested which place he would favor in ODI cricket.

“It is very hard to suddenly open the innings and adjust to it after you have been batting at No. 4 for a while, which I had done. It is hard to say which position I prefer. I can do well in both,” mentioned Rahane who has performed 90 ODIs.

Rahane has additionally performed in 65 Tests, the final being in the course of the New Zealand tour in February.

He has additionally not been part of the Indian T20 staff for almost 4 years.

Asked about his strategy in T20 cricket, he mentioned, “I do not try to copy anybody in T20 cricket. My cricketing photographs are inside out, behind the bowler, and different photographs I’ve developed.”

“I think if you are sure of your shots, you should back them. If I am playing 18 overs, I aim to see how I can get my strike rate to 150-160,” mentioned the Mumbaikar.

Rahane mentioned it is vital to interrupt down innings in T20 cricket. “For example, if I am batting after sixth over, I have to plan accordingly.”

He mentioned he received recommendation from the nice Rahul Dravid that it didn’t matter whether or not a shot regarded good or not so long as runs had been coming.

“Sometimes the shots you play in T20s don’t look good. But Rahul bhai told me not to bother about what the shots look like, whether it’s bad or looks bad from outside. He said it does not matter. He said in T20 cricket, one needs to watch the ball and hit it,” mentioned Rahane. PTI



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