Rahane’s experience and skills will prove valuable to India in the highly anticipated World Test Championship final. His ability to absorb pressure, play long innings and contribute significantly to team success make him a vital member of the hitting lineup.
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“Coming back after 18 or 19 months, no matter what, good or bad, I don’t want to think about my past. I just want to start over and keep doing what I’ve been doing,” Rahane told BCCI.TV on the sidelines of India’s training session at Arundel in Portsmouth.
“I personally enjoyed playing for CSK as I have been batting well throughout the season, even before the IPL. I had a very good domestic season and it felt good. So this comeback was a bit emotional for me.”
Part of CSK’s fifth IPL title-winning side, Rahane has already received much praise for his offensive batting and improved strike rate in T20 cricket, and especially the 27-ball 61 against Mumbai Indians he showed. A change in your intention.
“I want to bat with the same mentality and show the same intention that I showed before coming here in IPL and Ranji Trophy. I would not like to think about the format, be it T20 or Tests. The way I’m batting right now, I don’t want to complicate things and the simpler it is the better for me,” said the 82-Test, 4,931-run veteran.
Rahane played a crucial role in leading the Indian cricket team to a historic Test series victory in Australia during the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Rahane’s captaincy was widely praised as he replaced regular captain Virat Kohli and guided the team to a remarkable recovery after losing the first Test.
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Rahane praised Rohit Sharma for his leadership during the World Test Championship (wtc) cycle.
“I think the culture in the team now is very good. Rohit is managing the team very well and I’m sure Rahul Bhai is also doing very well. That also helps and the atmosphere is very good. Whatever I’m watching right now is that everyone enjoys each other’s company,” he said.
Rahane thanked his family and friends for the support he received during his time away from the national team.
“It was (an) emotional moment for me. When I was released, the support I got from my family was huge and the dream was to play for India and that was huge. Playing for India is very important to me and I worked hard on my fitness and returned to domestic cricket”.
“Thanks to the BCCI and the selectors, and when I came back to domestic cricket the goal was to play for India, whether it was the Ranji Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy or a practice session, for me every day I woke up it was all about thinking that I can play for India again.
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“What made my comeback possible was enjoying every moment, whether it was a success or a failure, and having no regrets. Learning from every individual in the Mumbai Ranji team. You have to grow as a cricketer every day, the process of learning should not stop. ,” he said.
Playing in England is challenging, feels Rahane, who had scored a hundred in a Test match at Lord’s Back in 2014.
“It’s all about the mindset and reading the situation well, staying in (the) moment and playing it session by session. In England, you don’t just look at the pitch, you also watch the weather. In England, you never feel like you’re even inside if you’re hitting 70,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)