Rajasthan Royals Skipper Ajinkya Rahane Eyes 2019 World Cup Spot
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Rajasthan Royals Skipper Ajinkya Rahane Eyes 2019 World Cup Spot

KL Rahul, Australia vs India 2018, Indian National Cricket Team
KL Rahul (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane is doing a fine job with his franchise this season. Despite becoming the skipper for the very first time in IPL, Rahane has managed to win three games in the first six IPL matches.

Normally a very calm person off the field, Rahane is transforming his coolness onto his teammates. He was also very grateful to his mentor and former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid for his development as a cricketer.

The 29-year old was one of the most technical players in Indian cricket team. He is a cornerstone in longest format for India. However, he is slowly cementing his position in ODI team. Having played as a backup opener for India over the past couple of years, he was considered to be the new option for No. 4 position.

He was given the chance in the series against South Africa, and he did prove his worth with good performances in the middle order. Rahane will now have the chance to solidify his position with better performances in IPL and upcoming ODI series.

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Ajinkya Rahane. (Credits: Rahul Gulati Sportzpics)

Asked about his position in India’s ODI team, Rahane said: “I have been doing well in the ODI cricket, so for me, it is all about focusing on my game. I always focus on things that are in my control and try to prepare myself well. Whenever I get an opportunity, I try to do well there. As a player, it is all about giving your best—whether you are practicing or playing a match.

“Right now, I am focusing on the IPL, and hoping to give my best for the Royals. The target is also to get the best out of the boys at RR, and ensure that the franchise does well. I am not focusing ahead right now. Yes, my goal is definitely to do well in the World Cup next year, and be a match-winner there. But, at the moment, I am just focusing on the IPL.”

Rahane Excited About England Series

After the current season of IPL, Indian cricket team are set to face a considerable amount of stern tests. They will first play against England in England then tour to Australia in December. The Virat Kohli led side will then take on New Zealand away in February next year.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane (Credits: BCCI)

These will be the tests that Indian team needs to win to prove why they are the No. 1 test side in the world. The team did a very good job in South Africa despite the 2-1 loss. And Rahane is looking forward to England series that begins in July.

“England will be a challenging series. As we all know that playing against England, in England, is definitely a big challenge. As a team, we all are doing well. We have got the best bowling attack now—the fast bowlers, the spinners.

“The batting unit is also fantastic, so there is still some two months left for the series, and I am excited. I am looking forward to playing in England,” he said.