Xtratime Web Desk: India’s one of the most senior cricketer Ajinkya Rahane even dons the vice-captain hat in the Test format. However, his international white-ball career hasn’t been as successful as the longer format.
Rahane last played an ODI for India in February last year and presently features nowhere in India’s scheme of things for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
India now has to solve the middle- order problem and where Rahane can play a very important role. He also feels he deserves consistent opportunities in the 50- overs format.
“As a batsman, I am aggressive but by nature, I am quite shy. I prefer to let my bat speak but sometimes it’s important to speak the truth. I have always believed the team comes first and respected the management and the selectors’ decision. I will continue to do that,” Rahane said. “But in the end, it is important that your performance is recognised. The point is that if as a player I have always played for the team, then I deserve chances more consistently. That’s the least I am asking.”
Despite not being picked in the ODI side for long, Rahane said he’s positive about his chances.
“If I feel let down, my mindset will turn negative and so, I don’t really think that way. If you see the last three-four series, my average was around 45 to 50. After I was dropped, I went back to domestic cricket and feel I have done reasonably well,” Rahane said.
Head of national selectors MSK Prasad said Rahane is still in their plan for the upcoming World Cup but, the middle-order batsman said he needs more chances to show his capabilities.
Rahane has scored 2962 runs in 90 ODIs at 35.26. He has also scored 24 fifties and three centuries in the format.