It seems like Ajinkya Rahane is still positive about his chances at the number 4 slot for the Indian National Cricket Team. The right-handed classy batsman gave a hint to the selectors by bringing his name into the headlines with a ”number 4” tag attached to it. Though it might not be his intention, the way it conveyed in the meeting seem that he is still eyeing the spot in the limited-overs at number 4.
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The massive aspect ahead of India entering into the world cup is the position of number 4 batsman. There are quite a few players, who thrown their hat on the slot but none of them got the nod from the selectors. In the end, they went with KL Rahul but the injury of Shikhar Dhawan brought new tensions to the team management.
One of the serious contenders for the slot was Ajinkya Rahane. In the limited chances, he did his best and was hopeful of receiving a call-up, but, unfortunately, selectors have other ideas in their mind. In the end, he was ignored and youngsters got the nod. Now, once again, for the Windies series, selectors snubbed him to get the new faces into the ODI setup.
Number 4 is my favourite position – Ajinkya Rahane
Amidst all those, Ajinkya Rahane indirectly kept his name forward. While addressing himself at the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) annual awards ceremony at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, Ajinkya Rahane quoted that he was numbered at 4, which is his favourite batting position.
“Incidentally, my number (sequence in the prize distribution) here is four… I really enjoy batting at No 4. That’s my favourite position,” Rahane said.
West Indies are unpredictable:
Post their World Cup semi-final exit, India are back in business with a full away series against the West Indies that began with the first of the three T20Is on Saturday. Overlooked for the shorter formats once again, Rahane is looking forward to the two Tests beginning on August 22.
“I am really excited… As we all know they (West Indies) are a dangerous team. And also, often unpredictable too. It is important to respect them and play the game as we’ve been playing, especially in Test cricket,” he stated.
The 31-year-old right-handed batsman wasn’t selected as a part of India’s World Cup campaign. Meanwhile, he had taken up an offer to play for Hampshire wherein he played eight County Championship matches between May and July. He would be eyeing to put the best show against Windies.