India’s opening batsman, Ajinkya Rahane has been consistently raking up runs for team India and was one of the star performers in the recently concluded ODI series against Australia. Inspite of inconsistently featuring in the starting eleven, he has not let rustiness creep into his game and has batted brilliantly whenever called upon by the team management.
He batted superbly against West Indies when India visited the Caribbean nation earlier this year and his Golden touch was visible against Australia also. He made his case even stronger for the opening slot which is currently occupied by the industrious Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
Virat Kohli and the team management prefer to go with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in limited overs cricket, which has jeopardized Rahane’s position in the starting eleven. Rahane might attribute his bad luck for lack of consistent run in the starting eleven but we can not also blame team management as Shikhar Dhawan has always scored big for India.
It’s tricky to be in Rahane’s position because you are never sure about your place in the team. Even after scoring runs, Rahane might end up on the bench in the next game because Dhawan is India’s first choice opener alongside Rohit Sharma. But Rahane deserves all the credit as he has not allowed this to intervene with his game and has kept his concentration intact.
Recently after India won the 5th ODI against Australia, Ajinkya spoke about the competition with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma for the opening slot and gave a heart-warming gesture.
He was asked how he copes up with the pressure of having an uncertain place in the batting line-up but he replied it like a boss and didn’t give any insensitive reply. He said,
“I think this wicket wasn’t easy, 240 was a job well done with the ball, but when we batted, the ball was coming really slowly, I enjoyed my knock today. I always want to do my best, Shikhar and Rohit have done well for us, we love the competition.”
He further said that he and Rohit Sharma compliment each other very well and understand each other’s weaknesses. “Me and Rohit complement each other, we know our strengths, we wanted to time the ball and get a good opening partnership, that gave us the momentum. We never took them (Australia) lightly, they are a quality team and we need to recognise that. But we were playing at home and we knew these pitches better.”