Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: June 3rd, 2023 at 02:45 pm

Stay up-to-date with the latest teams!
Join our Telegram channel and never miss a single lineup change post-toss. 🔄📢 telegram

Indian middle-order batter Ajinkya Rahane expressed delight with his comeback to the national team after being out of the squad for 16 months. Ajinkya Rahane hoped to continue his batting form in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 final match against Australia.

The 34-year-old played his last Test during India’s tour of South Africa in January 2022. The right-handed batter was stripped of his captaincy for the series against South Africa. He was dropped from the squad due to his underwhelming performances with the bat for a long time.

ICC World Test Championship Final | Dream11 Prediction | Fantasy Cricket Tips | Cricket Match Prediction Today | Cricket News | Cricket Live Score | Asia Cup 2023 | ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 | IND vs AFG 2023 | IND vs WI 2023

Want To Keep Continuing My Batting Form – Ajinkya Rahane

In an interview with BCCI.Tv, Ajinkya Rahane said that he wanted to keep things simple while batting in the WTC final.

Read More  Shakib Al Hasan Launches Scathing Attack On Tamim Iqbal After He Reaches India For ICC World Cup 2023

“I’m really happy to be back with the Indian team after maybe 18, 19 months. This is something really special for me,” Ajinkya Rahane told BCCI.

Also read: WTC Final: Virat Kohli’s Energy Rubs Off On The Other Players As Well – Ravi Shastri Hails Kohli’s Intensity On The Field

“I want to keep continuing my batting form. I don’t want to think too much about the format, I don’t want to complicate things. The more I keep it simple. It will be better,” he added.

The Rohit Sharma-led team will take on Australia in the upcoming WTC final at the Kennington Oval in London beginning on June 7.

ICC World Test Championship Final | WTC Final 2023 | IND vs AUS 2023 | India National Cricket Team | IND vs AFG 2023 | IND vs WI 2023 | Asia Cup 2023 | ICC World Cup 2023 

I Worked Hard On The Fitness, My Game Plan – Ajinkya Rahane

The Mumbai cricketer described the call from the selectors as an emotional moment and said that his family motivated him to make his comeback.

“It was an emotional moment for me. When I got dropped the support from my family was massive. The dream was still to play for India and that’s what I told my family. I worked hard on the fitness, my game plan and everything,” he further stated.

Read More  KL Rahul Makes Shocking Confession About Indian Teammates' Belief On His Leadership Abilities

Also read: Virat Kohli Pens Down Heartfelt Message After Tragic Train Accident In Odisha

“Went back to domestic cricket, had a very good domestic season for Mumbai. And when I got a call the moment was really emotional for me and for my family as they backed me a lot, they supported me a lot to go through that period, two years,” he concluded.

Ajinkya Rahane was included in the squad in the absence of Shreyas Iyer, who was ruled out of the match. The veteran batter will add more value to the team as he has a decent record in England, scoring 729 runs in 15 matches in 29 innings at an average of 26.03, including a century and five fifties.

Also read: WTC Final: He Has The Game To Successfully Play Across All Three Formats – Gary Kirsten On Shubman Gill’s Rise In International Cricket

Virat Kohli | Rohit Sharma | Rishabh Pant | KL Rahul | Suryakumar Yadav | Sanju Samson | Shreyas Iyer | Yuzvendra Chahal | Jasprit Bumrah