Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo: Twitter)

Veteran India National Cricket Team batter Ajinkya Rahane has now become fully fit and he is all set to return to competitive cricket in the upcoming season of the Duleep Trophy.

The 34-year-old has been out of action for a while now. He was last seen in action on May 14 in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, where he represented Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), before getting ruled out of the IPL 2022 due to an injury.

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Ajinkya Rahane
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Former Team India skipper Rahane last played international cricket on the India tour of South Africa 2021-2022. He played all three Test games against South Africa National Cricket Team and scored just 136 runs in 6 innings at a poor average of 22.66.

After his poor performance with the bat for an extended period of time, he was dropped from the Indian Test team ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka National Cricket Team.

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane, who is all set to play for the West Zone in the forthcoming Duleep Trophy, said that his entire focus is on the domestic tournament and he is not thinking about his India Test recall.

“See, I believe in following my processes. Right now, my focus is on the Duleep Trophy and doing well for West zone team and we will see what happens in future,” Rahane told PTI on the eve of the match.

Coming back after injury, the focus on what is in hand rather than the future – Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo: Getty Images

Rahane further said that he will be focusing on one game at a time. He also said that giving importance to domestic cricket is very important for the players.

“Playing one game at a time. Coming back after injury, the focus on what is in hand rather than the future. Looking forward to doing well,” he said in response to a question if he saw it as the first opportunity towards working for the comeback.

“When I played (Duleep Trophy) last time in 2009-2010, it was in zonal format. When you play zonal (format), a lot of players get an opportunity. I always believe that you need to give importance to domestic cricket, Ranji and Duleep. It is great that all zones are participating and it is a great sign,” Rahane added.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: Twitter)

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