The Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is confident of making a strong comeback in the limited-overs cricket. He feels that he deserves a chance in the ODI format.
While Ajinkya Rahane is the regular Test player with the deputy leadership role, he hasn’t played a limited-overs match for the national team for more than one year. The 30-year-old has played 56 Tests, 90 ODIs and 20 T20Is where he has scored 3,488 runs, 2,962 runs, and 375 runs respectively.
He didn’t play a T20I since August 2016. Meanwhile, due to his poor ODI form in the last South Africa tour in February 2018, Ajinkya Rahane was dropped from the ODI squad. However, just before that poor ODI form, Ajinkya Rahane hit five consecutive ODI half-centuries.
Since losing his spot from the ODI squad, Ajinkya Rahane is only playing the Test format for the national team. However, recently, he has shown some brilliant and consistent performances as India A captain in List A cricket.
Observing his recent List A performances, the chief selector MSK Prasad has recently revealed that Ajinkya Rahane is still in their mind for the upcoming World Cup. The Indian cricketer believes that he deserves a chance to play in ODIs.
Ajinkya Rahane recently told Sportstar on MSK Prasad’s view, “When he said it to the Press, it feels good that I am being considered. But at the same time, you need to get a chance. Playing the World Cup is a dream every cricketer cherishes. I do respect the selectors and the team management and I think I deserve a chance.”
I am very much hopeful about ODI return
The 30-year-old Indian cricketer is very hopeful about himself that the time is not running out. He keeps motivated himself by not allowing the negative talks in front of him.
He said, “I am very much hopeful. Like I said, I keep negative thoughts away and you never know, things can change any time. It’s important to believe in yourself and keep good people around you rather than those who will say ‘yaar, yeh tere saath hi kyon ho raha hai (why is this happening with you, pal)’. I keep my distance from such people and be comfortable with a closed group of four-five people who have believed in me all along.”
The team management has backed me a lot in Tests
Ajinkya Rahane also claimed that his ODI scenario wasn’t hampering his Test cricket performances. He pointed out that every great cricketer has faced tough times in their career but successfully recovered from that. The 30-year-old believes that he can make a comeback in the limited-overs international cricket.
He further credited the team management who backed him in Test cricket.
Ajinkya Rahane added, “See, everyone goes through such phases, for 18 to 24 months. Even the greats like Sachin paaji, Dada (Sourav Ganguly), Laxman paaji, Rahul (Dravid) bhai — all of them have gone through such phases but it matters more how you recover from it. The team management has backed me a lot in Tests, their positive vibes have rubbed off on me and it reflected in the kind of innings I played in South Africa. Even in Adelaide, the second innings was crucial.”
During India’s second innings of Adelaide Test last December, Ajinkya Rahane played a crucial innings of 70 runs.
England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. India will begin their World Cup journey on 5th May against South Africa at Southampton. Before the World Cup, Ajinkya Rahane has no chance to play for the national team. So, the upcoming IPL 2019 will be his final chance to earn an opportunity in the World Cup squad.