Exclusive Interview with Ajinkya Rahane on News18 India

Ajinkya Rahane, the Vice-Captain, in test matches, of the Indian cricket team is all geared up for the upcoming series with Sri Lanka. In an exclusive conversation with Vimal Kumar, sports editor, News18 India, the classy batsman spoke about not only his performance and his small stint as a captain but also about his selection in the national team.

Here are some of the exclusive excerpts from the conversation:

Talking about the upcoming series with Sri Lanka, Rahane said, “I don't think Sri Lanka will be an easy cake walk. They have quality spinners. It will be tough.” He also spoke about his performance and selection in the team. He said, “Yes, I do want to perform at same level in ODI and T20 but am patient with my game. He added, “I have waited patiently for my chance but during that phase I learnt a lot from legends.”

When asked about team’s and his own performance outside the sub-continent he said, “This team is capable of winning series in South Africa.” “I am never under pressure when people expect bigger things from me abroad”, he added.

Early this year, Rahane also captained the Indian test team while playing a match against Australia. Talking about his experience he said,”Captaincy was a great honour and I have a different style.” Talking about different styles, Rahane also commented on Virat Kohli, current Captain of the Indian cricket team. He said, “Me and Virat have a different style but we back each other and respect each other a lot.” Speaking about the batsmen in the team, he said, “In this Indian team everyone who bats at his position considers himself the best batsman.”

Rahane has been often compared with former cricketer Rahul Dravid. When asked about it, he said, ““I know people often compare me with Dravid and it's a nice compliment. I have idolized him and try to do the same for the team.”

When asked about test matches Rahane said, “Test cricket is ultimate and this generation do care lot about it.” He also commented on the hype around the cricket and cricketers in India. “I am unaffected by all the hype.” he said.

Watch the exclusive conversation only on News18 India at 1 PM on 15th November 2017


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