Windies Vs India 2017: I Wanted To Enjoy My Batting Without Any Pressure – Ajinkya Rahane, Man Of The Series
Ajinkya Rahane shined with the bat in all five contests accumulating a total of 336 runs in five games at an average of 67.20. He kicked off the series with well-played innings of 63 followed by a three-figure mark in Port of Spain. Two more half-centuries followed and today as well, he was looking good for a big score but was dismissed LBW off Devendra Bishoo on 39. Though he did his task to perfection today as well.
He was awarded the with the Man of the Series award.
Rahane with his superlative form in the series has given a good headache to the selectors as he has pressed a strong case for that opening position with Shikhar Dhawan. Of course, Rohit Sharma will walk in as soon as he makes a comeback but with this sort of show in the series, Rahane has ensured that India has the third opener at the moment and need not worry about this slot for upcoming few years. Though KL Rahul is in the fray as well.
Rahane has emerged as the king among the all in the series to show that he has the ability to emulate his Test success in this format of the game as well. His next goal will be to retain his place in the T20I game where someone has to make way for Rishabh Pant. Will it be Dinesh Karthik or Rahane? This the time will tell but at present, the Indian opener was elated to notch top form.
Here is what the Man of the Series, the man with most runs in the ODI series, said –
“I really wanted to make it count. I wanted to enjoy my batting. Even in the Champions Trophy I was batting very well in the nets, and I really wanted to make it count here. This wicket was slightly better than the last two venues. The ball was coming nicely on to the bat – this was the best wicket to bat on. As I mentioned, I just wanted to enjoy my batting. I didn’t want to put pressure on myself. One-day cricket is all about expressing yourself, and converting starts into a big one. Even in the future I want to enjoy myself and score some big ones.”
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