Indian middle order batsman and the ever reliable Ajinkya Rahane admitted that the Indians wouldn’t make the blunder of underestimating the West Indies for their upcoming tour. The focus currently is on the Indian team, and with former skipper Anil Kumble appointed as the head coach, fans have huge expectations from the Virat Kohli-led side.
West Indies, on the other hand, have made quite a few headlines in 2016. The hosts will be high on confidence after winning the World T20 in India earlier this year. However, their recent performance in the tri-series featuring Australia and South Africa made it evident that in their own conditions, the Calypso Kings are profusely lethal.
Speaking at an event, Rahane spoke about the upcoming series. “This is actually my second tour to West Indies, first time I was with India A team, but with the Indian team it is my first time and I am really excited about this tour. I’m looking forward and I have prepared myself really well,” said Rahane. “I am sure it will be challenging because West Indies is a decent team. We will give respect to them and it is important to start well in the series,” the elegant right-hander added.
Indian vice-captain mentioned that the job of being the second in command to skipper Virat Kohli would benefit him. “It is a good responsibility as a vice-captain and I love facing challenges and love taking responsibility, so it’s not pressure, not added pressure but I think responsibility will bring best out of me.”
“As you mentioned about the last Zimbabwe tour, I really learnt a lot as a captain in Zimbabwe from my teammates, from opponents, and as a captain you know how to back your players, support your players, whatever happens as a captain, you have to take all the responsibility and I really learnt from that tour,” Rahane concluded.