Ajinkya Rahane asks for more chances in ODI squad: The dropped batsman has expressed disappointment at the selectors.
Dropped India batsman Ajinkya Rahane has expressed disappointment at not being given enough chances in the Indian ODI squad. In a recent interview with The Hindu, the right-hand batsman mentioned that he has always played for the team and will continue to do so.
Rahane last played for India in ODIs during India’s tour of South Africa last year. In 90 ODIs, he has scored 2,962 runs at an average of 35.26 and a strike rate of 78.63. Since the start of 2017, Rahane has scored 726 runs in 18 matches at an average of 45.37 and a strike rate of 77.56 including one century and eight half-centuries.
In his last 10 matches, Rahane had scored 379 runs at an average of 47.37 and a strike rate of 82.03 including five consecutive half-centuries. However, his inability to play the big shots at will and convert his starts into match-winnings innings worked against him.
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“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. But in the end, it is important that your performance is recognized,” Rahane was quoted as saying.
The 30-year old batsman further opined that he is only asking for what he deserves. “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,” he said.
No permanent position for Rahane
Rahane’s case is a curious one. While his overall numbers speak of mediocrity, his recent numbers talk of him being consistent at the highest level. Furthermore, there is no hiding to the fact that he has been shifted up and down the order in the ODI batting order.
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Rahane having a worst time in Mushtaq Ali trophy : 11(9), 0(1), 1(4), 31(25) & 4(3) in the first five matches. https://t.co/cIPFcVnnUL
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Out of his 87 ODI innings, Rahane has opened the innings on 54 occasions and batted from No. 3 to No. 7 on the remaining 33 occasions. Other than chances, he also asked for confidence and assurance from the team management.
“I said ‘whatever you prefer’ [regarding his batting order] because the team wanted it. But every individual needs confidence and positive vibes like ‘yes, you are there and you are doing it for the team’. I think everyone knows that if someone is backing you, the player gets the confidence to play fearless and positive cricket,” Rahane added.