The 32-year-old Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane wants to return to the ODI cricket as soon as possible as it is his first plan to make progress in cricket career.
Ajinkya Rahane is not only regularly playing the Test cricket, but he is also the deputy of the Indian captain Virat Kohli in Test cricket. But he hasn’t appeared in the limited-overs cricket for the national team for more than two years as his last limited-overs international cricket match was Centurion ODI against South Africa on 16th February 2018.
Apart from playing 65 Tests, where he has scored 4203 runs (average 42.88), Rahane has also appeared in 90 ODIs and 20 T20Is where the right-handed batsman has scored 2962 runs (average 35.26) and 375 runs (average 20.83) respectively. Rahane played his last T20I on 28th August 2016 during the Lauderhill T20I against West Indies.
During his limited-overs international career, Rahane also experienced the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and ICC World T20 2014 & 2016.
I am confident about myself: Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane believes that his ODI record was improving in the last few years before his exclusion from the ODI side. The senior Indian cricketer is working hard to make his ODI come back as soon as possible. He is confident enough to achieve success in limited-overs cricket.
Rahane told Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor, Sports, India Today, “I think the first plan is to come back in ODI cricket. I don’t generally talk about my records but I think an important factor is my record is actually really good over the last 3-4 years before I was dropped.”
“Whether it’s opening the batting or at No. 4, my record was very good, my strike rate again was very good. I think my aim is to come back into the ODI set-up. I don’t when the opportunity will come but I have to work hard, I am working really hard on all the aspects. I am really confident about myself. It’s all about having the self-belief and being positive, being fearless.”
Apart from leading the Indian team in two Tests, Rahane also led the Indian ODI side for thrice and T20I team for twice. He captained the Indian limited-overs sides during the 2015 Zimbabwe tour, where the regular limited-overs captain MS Dhoni was not present.