Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane has said that he has learnt a lot by observing former Indian batsman VVS Laxman. Rahane has made a good start to his test career by making 2 centuries. He also scored a fifty in each innings of the third test against England. He has been one of the most consistent batsmen of the series.
In a very interesting interview given to BCCI.tv, he said, “When batting at No.5 you have more time in your hands. I noticed how Laxman paaji made the optimal use of time. He used to come to the dressing room, relax, take a shower and take a brief nap. I learnt from him how important it is that during this time when you are waiting for your turn to bat, you don`t over-think things and stress your mind out.”
He added, “It is important to switch off and go out to bat with a fresh mind when your turn comes. I did take that from him (Laxman) — sometimes, when there is a bit extra time, I try to sleep for 10-15 minutes. It helps me de-stress an rejuvenate my mind. I keep watching the videos of all the great innings played Rahul bhai, Sachin paaji and Laxman paaji. I watch how they approached a pressure situation and got the team out of the jail. I draw motivation from watching their innings.”