After contributing vital 64 runs for team India in a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Bangladesh, a confident Ajinkya Rahane said that he would like to focus on one match at a time rather than looking too far ahead. The man of the match award winner said, “This (series) is a great opportunity for everyone to just express themselves. We don`t want to put too much pressure on ourselves. Obviously, as a batsman you need that confidence going into a new series and the first game against Bangladesh in Bangladesh is always a challenge because they are a good team and they play well here.”

Ruling out the fact that only fringe players have been asked to interact with media, Rahane said, “Every international game will count. So we are not thinking about it (making a statements). Whoever is here, they did really well in domestic cricket and that`s why they are here. I think youngsters and the newcomers are really talented and really hard working. The two debutants did really well too. It`s a good learning experience for everyone.”

Expressing his desire to stretch his innings till the end in yesterday’s match, he commented, “I wanted to be not out till the end. Happy that we won the game though.That`s what we wanted. We`ve got that momentum now and we just want to continue with it. We`re not looking too far ahead. Right now, we are just focusing on the next two games.”

Justifying the attempts made by the Indian bowlers, he said, “All these things (runs in death overs) happen in this heat. It is really challenging and I thought the bowlers did well in this challenging situation.”

While concluding Rahane appreciated the support of the captain, and said, “Raina supported all the bowlers really well because it was really hot and challenging for them in the first half of the game. I think backing and supporting them is going to be really crucial in the next two games.”

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