India’s Test captain Ajinkya Rahane has a special memory of his Test debut against Australia in 2013. Every cricketer is nervous as well as excited to play the first ball of his international cricket. Similarly, Rahane was anxious but Sachin Tendulkar’s word helped him to calm down.
In a recent chat with former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta on his ESPNCricinfo chat show Cricketbaazi, Rahane opened up on his debut match in the most extended format. The Mumbai player entered the field when India was three down for 148 in Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi against Australia.
“I didn’t know how to react, I was feeling mixed emotions. It was, obviously, a special moment for me, but I was a bit feeling nervousness and excitement as well,” Rahane said.
Sachin Tendulkar told me just enjoy the moment: Ajinkya Rahane
As Rahane came at the crease, Sachin Tendulkar gave him a piece of advice that Rahane still remembers. The master blaster said the 32-year-old to enjoy the moment rather thinking about his game. Sachin’s word helped Rahane to play freely without any burden.
“When I went down to bat, Sachin paaji was on the other side. He told me that ‘as a player, you want to do well on debut, and every game. But you need to forget all of this at this moment. Just enjoy the moment’. He gave me this advice. My debut match was not that great, but it was memorable,” Ajinkya Rahane said.
However, Ajinkya Rahane didn’t have a dream debut as he lost his wicket after facing 17 balls, scoring five runs. Talking about the match, India went on to win the encounter by six wickets.
Now, Rahane is the regular Test player though he has lost his place in shorter formats. He also showed his wish to regain his place in ODIs. The player said that he is ready to play at any given position in the 50-over format.
Meanwhile, he has played 65 Test matches, 90 ODIs and 20 T20Is.