Rahane’s experience and skills will be invaluable to India in the highly anticipated final of the World Test Championship. His ability to soak up pressure, play long innings, and contribute significantly to team success make him a vital member of the batting lineup.
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“Coming back after 18-19 months, whatever happened, 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 the India’s training session at Arundel, Portsmouth.
“Personally I enjoyed playing for CSK because I hit well all season, even before the IPL. I had a great season at home and felt good. So this comeback was a bit emotional for me.” .
Rahane who was part of CSK’s fifth IPL title winning team has already received much praise for his attacking batting and strike rate improvement in T20 cricket, and especially the 27-ball 61 against Mumbai Indians has shown a change in his intent.
“I want to bat with the same mindset and show the same intent that I showed before I came here to the IPL e Ranji Trophy. I wouldn’t think about the format if it’s T20 or Test. The way I’m batting now, I don’t want to complicate things and the more I keep it simple the better for me” said the veteran of 82 Tests and 4,931 runs.
Rahane played a crucial role in leading the Indian cricket team to their historic Test series win in Australia during the 2020-2021 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Rahane’s captaincy was widely praised when he stepped in for regular captain Virat Kohli and led the team to a stunning comeback after losing the first Test.
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Rahane praised Rohit Sharma for his leadership during the World Test Championship (wtc) cycle.
“I thought the culture in the team now is really good. Rohit is managing the team very well and I’m sure Rahul bhai is also managing the team very well. That also helps and the atmosphere is really good. Whatever I’m seeing in this moment is that everyone is enjoying each other’s company,” he said.
Rahane thanked her family and friends for their support during her time away from the national team.
“It was (a) emotional moment for me. When I was left, the support I got from my family was huge and the dream was to play for India and that was huge. Playing for India matters a lot for me and I worked hard on my fitness and got back to domestic cricket.”
“Thanks to the BCCI and the selectors and when I returned to domestic cricket, the focus was on playing for India, whether it was the Ranji Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy or the training session, for me, every day that I I used to wake up, was all thinking he could play for India again.
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“What made my comeback possible was enjoying every single moment, be it success or failure, and having no regrets. Learning from every individual in the Mumbai Ranji team. You have to grow as a cricketer every single day, the process of learning shouldn’t stop,” he said.
Playing in England is demanding, feels Rahane, who had scored a hundred in a Test match at Lord’s in 2014.
“It’s about mindset and reading the situation well, staying in (the) moment and playing session by session. In England, you just don’t look at the pitch, you also keep an eye on the time. In England, you never feel like you’re in even if you’re batting on 70,” he said.
(with PTI inputs)