Ajinkya Rahane, who’s all set to lead Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the impending twelfth edition of the domestic professional league, has set his hopes high in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup.
The 30-year-old Maharashtra star cited that he will regularly feature as an opener for Royals. Adding it will help his cause to up the ante to impress the selectors for the World Cup. The multi-nation tournament will run between May 30 and July 14 in England and Wales.
Rahane to focus on opening the batting for Royals:
When asked about the demanding situation on handling IPL team, Rahane looked pretty confident to rely on his mantra, in a bid to make his case stronger for the ODI showpiece.
“The IPL would be a stage where I believe I can consistently open for Rajasthan Royals, help them win games and stake a claim for a place in the World Cup team,” Rahane told Sportstar.
Rahane, who has managed himself well in the testing times, believes there’s a long road ahead to rely on.
The versatile batsman reiterated he’s aggressive in approach, maintained the aggression has to be displayed by performing with the bat. But Rahane was let down by the poor run of form at times.
However, he has always a desire to make count with his sheer consistency.
With Jaipur-based franchise kicking off their IPL campaign at their home base Swai Mansingh Stadium against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on March 25, 2019, Rahane has a massive responsibility to set sights on the second IPL title.
Rahane, who has missed out on the third edition of the IPL, so far, featured in 126 matches in which he amassed 3427 runs at an average of 32.95.
Furthermore, he slammed a hundred and 26 half-centuries which remaining unbeaten on 15 occasions.
Interestingly, Rahane has also bagged a wicket of Luke Pomersback in the second edition of IPL. He conceded five runs off six deliveries, back in 2009.
Royals clinch maiden IPL title:
In the inaugural edition of the IPL, Royals thumped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a thriller. Besides, the blue brigade lifted the maiden trophy of the most-successful Twenty20 league.