Versatile top-order batsman and Test team deputy of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane revealed he had no issues personally whatsoever while taking the field as a twelfth man, in the recently concluded 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales. (Read Here: Winning The Dharamsala Test Was A Dream Come True – Ajinkya Rahane).

While expressing the delight over his recent performance against West Indies, Rahane believes his form will help him to improve as a batter and to get more opportunities in the foreseeable future while being a strong force mentally to reckon with.

“When I was carrying drinks during the Champions Trophy, I had no ego issues. That’s how I am as a person,” Rahane was quoted as saying by PTI.

Rahane further believes the personal choices won’t matter inside the ground, adding he is giving his best to prepare for the Sri Lanka series which is scheduled from July 26.

“I have been doing homework and Sri Lanka series would not be any more different,” Rahane added.

Interestingly, the Maharashtra-born 29-year-old Rahane didn’t get a place in the playing XI of runners-up India, in the Champions Trophy which concluded on June 18.

“As far as I am concerned, I have never ever been insecure in my life,” Rahane stated.

Rahane stated when one is bound to represent the country in whatever way possible while stating the player should be all set to face the challenge and give best to make its country proud by playing a vital role in the team as a player.

“The moment you are representing your country, you are supposed to do whatever you are assigned,” Rahane added.

In the recently concluded Caribbean tour, Rahane, who has had a prolific run against Windies in the five-match one-day International series and was adjudged Man of the Series after scoring 336 runs in five ODIs at an average of 67.20, revealed being a vice-captain does not mean he will not meet the requirement of the team in nutshell.

Ajinkya Rahane was named Man of the Series for being the highest run-getter in the five-match ODI series. Photo Credit: Getty Images

“If I am the vice-captain of the Test team, it does not mean that I will not be performing my duties as a 12th man in ODIs,” Rahane remarked.

Rahane has struck three half-centuries and a century against Windies to make things quite easier for Men in Blue. Brimming with confidence, Rahane, who believes in keeping things straight and simple, as he further categorically admits living in present scenario is always a special feeling whether you’re participating on the field or being a part of the team.

“West Indies [Windies] was a special series for me simply for the consistency that I was able to show,” Rahane reiterated.

As the pitches on Caribbean shores often require a strong mindset in order to provide the best of the results, Rahane was up to the task by showing patience in the middle while focusing on shot his selection – to give his team some sort of an impetus, as the Virat Kohli-led side won the ODI series by 3-1 before losing out on one-off Twenty20 game.

Rahane has featured in 78 ODIs, in which he has amassed 2,573 runs at an average of 34.77. He has smashed three hundred and 19 fifties.

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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