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