The young and talented Ajinkya Rahane, who is all set to become the 23rd ODI captain for India in International cricket, spoke to the media before the team left for Zimbabwe for their limited over tour.
The stylish right-handed batsman who was criticised by captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni for lacking the skill to rotate the strike on slow pitches, got selected as the captain of the team for the ODI series against Zimbabwe as the selectors decided to give rest to many senior players.
Talking about Dhoni’s remarks, Rahane said – “Dhoni bhai gave me a feedback and I took it in a positive manner and I have moved on. Bangladesh tour is in the past. My aim is to be more consistent in ODIs as it’s all in the mind.” Rahane also focused on the need to eliminate the senior-junior scenario. “There is nothing called senior or junior in a team. All 15 players are equally important and they should all believe in their abilities. I have the backing of all the players. As a captain, I have my own set of ideas and will like to back my instincts”, said the Rajasthan Royals opener.
When asked about if he would be opening for India in the series, Rahane replied mysteriously, “I have opened for Mumbai in ODIs and in T20 cricket for Rajasthan Royals. But this I will decide after speaking to the coaches Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar once we land in Zimbabwe.”
He also spoke about how the young talent has came into the team for the tour and he believes they will make the most of it. It’s a good opportunity for youngsters. All these players have done well in IPL. I am confident about the bunch doing well in Zimbabwe. We need to get back to the winning habit,” said Rahane.