India test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said he was glad people were always talking about him as he believes people are talking about important people. It was an answer to a question about the constant examination of his batting form.
Rahane has not scored a century since his MCG 2021 heroics, but has played a contributing role here and there in India’s journey to the final of the previous edition of the World Test. He was once again under fire with Cheteshwar Pujara after both failed to score in the first Test against England at Nottingham.
However, the twins did well in the second innings of the second Test at Lord’s, adding a century-long standings after India lost three early wickets. India eventually won the Test by 151 runs on day five thanks to heroic deeds by the India Hikers and led 1-0 in the 5-Test series.
Cheteshwar and I have been playing for a long time, we know how to handle pressure and certain situations: Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane said on Monday that he does not bother too much about the constant scrutiny around his form in the longest format as people are always talking about important players.
‘I’m glad people talk about me, I always believe people talk about important people. I’m not worried about that; it’s all about contributing to the team. Cheteshwar and I have been playing for a long time, we know how to handle pressure and certain situations. We are not worried about them, we focus on the team. We just want to contribute to the side, which we can not control, we do not think about it, “ said Rahane during a virtual press conference on an ANI query.
Rahane hit an important 61 runs in 146 balls, while Pujara made 45, and 100 runs for the 4ste wicket in the second innings at Lord’s. The duo haunted Anderson, Wood, Curran and Robinson with zeal while the English bowlers wanted to gain an advantage.
‘My innings was really satisfying in the second Test, I always believe in contributions and for me I always think of the team. That beat of 61 in the Lord’s Test was truly satisfying. It’s all about it, communication was about thinking about small goals and building on them. We always talk about Pujara playing slowly, but his innings was very important, he hit for 200 balls. We supported each other, I thought communication was really good. We knew 170-180 could have been a very good score on the wicket, ‘ said Rahane.
Play For Country motivates me a lot: Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane has 4714 runs in 76 Tests for India with 12 centuries and 24 half-centuries at an average of 40.63. His best score is 188 and he also scored a century in every innings of a Test match.
‘Everything motivates me, playing for the country motivates me a lot. I’m not bothered about criticism. People only criticize important people, I’m glad they criticize me, I only focus on manageable things. Team performance is the ultimate goal; you think of your plans and methods, but in the end it’s all for the team. We just focus on that, ” Rahane added.
India play England in the third Test on 25 August in Headingley, Leeds.