Ajinkya Rahane plots return to India ODI side through strong test showing

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India’s Ajinkya Rahane has played 90 ODIs where he has scored 2,962 runs at a steady average 35.26. This also includes 3 centuries and 24 half-centuries. But the Mumbai batsmen’s last ODI was almost two years ago vs South Africa in February 2018.

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Since then, Rahane has featured only in the test circuit for India and has not played in any of the limited over games. But now, Rahane believes that the call up for the limited overs side isn’t far away.

“I just need to play well in the Test matches, keep scoring runs and I am confident that I will be back in the ODI side. It is all about self-belief and being confident. Staying in the present will help me if I contribute to the side’s cause in Tests, I am sure I will be back in the ODI squad,” said Rahane.

Speaking on the upcoming test series vs Bangladesh, Rahane said that the side are looking to focus on their strengths and not take their opposition for granted.

“Bangladesh is a very good team. They play as a unit. We focus on our strengths rather than thinking about opposition. With the Test championship, every match is important,” said Rahane.

Finally when asked about playing in a day and night test, Rahane said that he was very excited about the prospect of it and looked forward to see how the pink ball behaves under lights.

“I am very excited personally. It is a new challenge. I don’t know how it will turn out but we will get an idea when we have a couple of practice sessions. Only then we will get an idea of how much the pink ball swings and how it works session wise,” he said.