The Indian team has now got a solid middle order thanks to the steady head of Ajinkya Rahane, who celebrated his 27th Birthday on Saturday. He has been consistent in the last few tours and he believes that his knocks in the South African tour in the end of 2013 helped his confidence.

Rahane was speaking to the official website of the cricket board in an interview and said that the scores of 51 and 96 in Durban gave him loads of confidence and along with the half century at Johannesburg gave him belief that he belongs to the biggest stage of the sport.

Rahane who impressed everyone in the South African tour scored runs in difficult circumstances. Batting lower down the order, Rahane often had to bat with the tail and accumulate runs. He was able to do that with ease and said that it was his patience that helped him bat comfortably with the tail.

 

He explained that it was very important to be patient and read the situation when batting with the tail-enders in a test match. He added that it was important to read the situation quickly and to understand how to get the best out of the batting partner. He recollected how he missed out on a century in Durban as he wanted to get to 100 quickly and played a slog on 96 losing his wicket.

He went on to say that it made him realize the temperament needed to play with the tail. He explained that he started watching Dhoni and Hussey play with the tail to understand it better. He also said that he learned to give respect to everyone on the field be it the opposition or the batting partner.

With this temperament, the future of Indian cricket is in great hands.