Ajinkya Rahane Reveals What Sachin Tendulkar Told Him in His Last Test Match

Published - 27 Apr 2018, 10:33 PM

Ajinkya Rahane
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Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane has revealed Sachin Tendulkar praised him for keeping his attitude in the same way.

The 29-year old has been playing an active role for India both in Test cricket, and ODIs. He has become an integral part of the Indian senior team setup and is looking forward to challenges in the near future.

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He has been leading Rajasthan Royals for the first time in IPL this season. Rahane had a decent start winning three games out of the first six games.

However, Rahane has expressed his surprise over the sacking of Gautam Gambhir by Delhi Daredevils management. The Delhi cricketer has managed to win only one game in the first six IPL games for his team.

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Gautam Gambhir. (Photo by: Rahul Gulat/ SPORTZPICS for BCCI)

“It’s not the captain’s fault when the team fails to perform. Sometimes certain combinations don’t work. It doesn’t always work out the way you plan. I don’t think it’s any of his faults how things play out. I’m sure when he took up Delhi’s captaincy he had the same purpose that all of us have, to make sure the team wins. I know him well, and I’ve seen him play for India for so long. He’s a passionate player and a good captain, but there are always some ups and downs that we all have to face as a player and leader,” he said.

Ajinkya Rahane also faced a lot of problems during the early part of his career. He was largely inconsistent despite the talent he had. But over time, he became more mature with his batting and now is an integral part of Indian cricket team across formats.

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Speaking of his early struggles, Rahane said:

“There were challenges, but since my childhood, I always felt that you can either go up or go down, there is no middle path. So, you have to choose your path. What motivated me was when I used to travel in the Mumbai local trains for four hours every day just to play cricket.

Rahane

“I grew up watching Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and playing alongside them was mesmerizing for me. But whenever I play my focus and attitude are always same, whether I am playing for my club, my state or my country.

“Sachin in his last Test told me that ‘your attitude is your greatest strength’. He said that he has been watching me since my initial days and many people have skills but this attitude is rare which keeps one motivated in all situations,” Rahane said.