Rahane press conference | Not worried about my form, it is not necessary to do a hundred: Ajinkya Rahane in front of Kanpur Test
Ajinkya Rahane downplayed the discourse around his form | Photo credit: AP
- Ajinkya Rahane has been under pressure due to his below-par performance as a batsman
- In Wednesday’s press conference, Rahane played down the rhetoric around his form
- Rahane to lead Indian squad in 1st test against New Zealand in Kanpur
The return of Test cricket featuring the Indian team also marked the return of the debate over Ajinkya Rahane’s role. The 2-game test run between India and New Zealand is also seen as a test of Rahane’s abilities with the bat given the poor form he has been in for about a year.
Rahane hasn’t recorded a big hit since his century in Melbourne on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Australian tour. In fact, his average for the current season has been around 19. As for his last 15 tests, the veteran hitter is averaging under 25.
Speaking to the media on the eve of the first test against New Zealand in Kanpur, Rahane played down discussions about his form, saying it is the team advantage that is his goal and not his own individual performance. .
“I don’t care about my form, I just think about contributing for the team, it’s not always about scoring a hundred. I always put the team first. I’m very lucky to lead the country , I don’t care what’s gonna happen. I’m just focused on giving my best. “
“When I hit I’m there as a hitter. The captain’s hat pops up when I’m on the pitch. It all depends on what kind of game plan we have, what kind of strategy we have. it’s simple, ”he added.
The Indian cricket team chosen for the 2-game series against New Zealand is considered by many to be a “second chain” team. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant, etc. have rested from the entire series while Kohli will miss the opening game, Rahane is confident the youngsters will step up.
“First of all we will miss those three guys (Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma). But it’s a good opportunity for all young people to play, whoever gets the chance, will be looking to play with freedom. This team is to support each other. The conditions here and the conditions in South Africa will be different, first of all, we are thinking of this series, “he said.
Echoes of the ICC World Trials final will ring in the ears of Indian players as it was the New Zealand team that defeated them in the deciding match.