“I’ve gone back to the drawing board and I’m trying to be the Ajinkya I was in my early days” – Ajinkya Rahane

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The 34-year-old Indian national cricket team batsman Ajinkya Rahane has said he has gone back to the drawing board and is trying to become the batter he was in his younger days.

Veteran batsman Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane has been out of India’s schedule for a long time. He last played Test cricket during the 2021-2022 India tour of South Africa. His last ODI was in 2018 against South Africa and his last T20I was in 2016 against the West Indies.

Ajinkya Rahane [Image-Twitter]

However, Rahane has done quite well in the current National season, scoring 532 points in five Ranji matches at an average of 76. Speaking to PTI, he said he tries to keep things very simple.

“I thought about the old days and when I first joined the Ranji team (in 2007). How I used to play, what was my thought process. I’ve gone back to the drawing board and trying to be the Ajinkya I was in my early days. The idea is to keep things simple,” he added, “Rahane told PTI during an interaction on the eve of Mumbai’s penultimate Ranji Trophy match against arch-rival Delhi.

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Ajinkya Rahane further revealed that he has made some minor changes to his technique as it is crucial for a player to keep evolving.

“Small changes, of course. You have to continuously develop as a player and keep working and improving your strategies.

“No big changes, just small changes, skill wise, now I have to think in the moment for Mumbai and do well for them. That’s all on my mind,” he said.

“I don’t think too much about my own at bat, but preparation is important to me. The preparation was already very good, even before the Ranji season,” added the 34-year-old.

Master the controllables and don’t dwell on things that are not in your hands – Ajinkya Rahane’s advice for Shaw and Sarfaraz

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. Image Twitter

Ajinkya Rahane was further asked to give advice to young batting sensations Prithvi Shaw, who finally got his T20I recall for the upcoming New Zealand series, and Sarfaraz Khan, who is constantly ignored by the selectors despite having an exceptional run has. in domestic cricket.

My advice to them would be simple. Master the controllables and don’t dwell on things that are not in your hands. Just try to be in the moment and not think too far ahead,” Rahane replied.

Ajinkya Rahane further said that his door is always open for the players to talk to him about anything. He finds it very important to provide support to a player who is going through a lean period.

You have to put your arm around guys who are having a hard time. Important to give them the freedom to express themselves not only on the field but also off the field.

“The individual can come to me and talk to me about anything going on in their personal life,” said the skipper.

Ajinkya Rahane further praised dynamic lead-off hitter Prithvi Shaw for his remarkable 379-run knockout against Assam in Ranji Trophy.

“Of course we all know that Prithvi is an attacking player. He likes to take on the bowler every time.

“When you play a shot like 379, it’s important not only to control that aggression and intent to play the shot, but your intent to leave and defend the ball. His determination was great to watch from the other side,” he concluded.

Prithvi Shaw recently recorded a record triple century in the Elite Group B match against Assam at the Amingaon Cricket Ground in Guwahati. He scored an amazing 379 runs off 383 balls, including 49 fours and 4 sixes. He batted at a batting rate of 98.95, before being cleared by Riyan Parag in the 126th over.

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Shaw’s remarkable triple ton and Ajinkya Rahane’s superb 191 helped Mumbai put a massive 687/4 on the board.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (PC-PTI)

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