Rahane Not too Disappointed with ODI and T20 Exclusion

Ajinkya Rahane

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane missed out on being selected for the limited-overs series for the tour of England. Instead, he remains focused on performing well in the five-match Test series.

Rahane last played ODI cricket for India against South Africa in March. He hit 79 runs in the first ODI before following it up with scores of 11, 8, 8 and 34 in his subsequent innings. In his last T20I appearance, it was against the West Indies back in 2016.

However, Despite the selection snub, the Mumbai batsman believes he can make a comeback in white-ball cricket.

Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane

“I don’t think that this (being left out of the ODI and T20I squads) is affecting me. The important thing is to believe in your abilities. I am aware of my capabilities and how good I am. It is all about believing in yourselves, rather than thinking about things that are not in your control,” Rahane said.

“It is part and parcel of a professional cricketer’s life. I know I can make a comeback and I have really done well in the shorter formats in the past. I think, right now, the important thing is to practice hard and go out there and enjoy myself. For me, it is important to serve my country, be it any format. It is important to contribute to my team’s cause and do well for my country,” he added.

He is in Mumbai preparing for the Test series against England where he will play a vital role in India’s middle-order.

“The conditions there help the ball move a bit – depending upon the weather. If it is cloudy, the ball moves a bit and if it’s sunny then the wickets are pretty good to bat on. I want to cover each and every aspect of batting, so that I am able to tackle any type of condition which we will be facing in England and do well there,” Rahane said regarding his ongoing preparation for the tour.


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