Ajinkya Rahane is making strong claims for the opening slot in the limited-overs cricket. Rahane has scored a hundred and a fifty in last 6 matches He has the backing of his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who believes Rahane is “fit” for the opening slot in the limited-overs cricket. Considering the world cup which will be played in Australia and New Zealand, the new ball will swing a bit and rahane has a very good technique of playing the moving ball. His stint with Rajasthan Royals would have helped him a lot because he used to open with his idol, Rahul Dravid.
In an interview to bcci.tv, Rahane spoke about the opening slot and how he determined to convert starts into big scores consistently. Ajinkya Rahane has played 37 One Day International (ODI) matches so far, and he has shown glimpses of being a good ODI batsman. Having said this, Rahane’s biggest criticism has been his inability of convert the starts into big scorers. In 37 ODIs, Rahane has scored 1050 runs at an average of 28.37. It’s true that Rahane has batted at many different positions in the batting-order, but still, for a batsman of his class and caliber, average of 28.37 is too less.
But, now that MS Dhoni has openly praised and backed Rahane for the opening slot, Rahane will have to lift his game and be more consistent at the top of the order.
“I have always tried my best to improve certain aspects of my game and pick certain bits and pieces from practice sessions and the matches that I play. From the previous tours till now I have realised that consistency will be an important factor. I have often got starts for the team but not been able to convert them into big ones,” Rahane told bcci.tv. “
Rahane also said that he realizes the importance of the opening slot as it sets the platform for the rest of the batsmen. Rahane told bcci.tv that he meditates and reads books for improving his concentration.
Talking about his competition with Rohit Sharma for the opening slot, Rahane said that it is good to have a healthy competition in the team.
“It is always good to have healthy competition when you are playing for your country. You need to accept it as a challenge, especially at this stage, when you are playing tough cricket. I enjoy the competition,” said Rahane