Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane believes he has plenty to offer in white ball cricket. The 32-year old has been a mainstay for India in tests but somehow failed to establish his position in limited overs formats.
Having had a chance to play for India in the coveted No. 4 position, Rahane had a decent run. However, selectors decided to try out different players in the run up to 2019 World Cup. This meant he was not considered for Indian cricket team during the world cup.
Meanwhile, Rahane revealed that he believed to play in the world cup. But he ended up playing county cricket in England during the same time.
“I was actually thinking I will be there in the World Cup batting at No. 4. I was playing county cricket when the World Cup was happening…as a player everyone wants to be a part of the World Cup team, especially when you know you have worked really hard, your record in the past was really good. It is gone now but yes, at that time I felt that I should be there at No. 4,” Rahane said.
“If you see my record before getting dropped in ODIs, it was good actually. People talk about strike rates, about averages; in the two years before getting dropped, my record was really good in 50-overs cricket. I have the ability, I have the belief in myself, and I am sure I will be back in white-ball cricket.” he said.
Rahane Massive Addition To Delhi Capitals
Ajinkya Rahane has transferred to Delhi Capitals for IPL 2020. He will be a massive addition to Delhi batting lineup. The talented cricketer will provide ample support for dashing Shikhar Dhawan inside the powerplay.
On the other hand, IPL 2020 provides the perfect platform for Rahane to showcase his talent to the selectors. A strong IPL would indicate that he still has what it takes to click in white ball cricket.
The 32-year old has also revealed that he was planning for IPL long before. He told that he started practising right after New Zealand series in February. However, the Corona pandemic meant IPL which was initially scheduled in March-April window was postponed.
“I’m actually thinking about white-ball cricket. My goal, my aim, is to come back into the ODI team. I am really confident. I had even started practicing for IPL after returning from New Zealand,” Rahane revealed.
The onus is on Rahane to prove his talent in T20 format. A strong IPL season will improve his chances as well as Delhi Capitals will benefit from this. After qualifying for play offs last seasons, Delhi Capitals will look to make it to the finals for the first time in 2020.