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'I deserve a chance' - Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane has asked for more and consistent chances in limited-overs internationals for India. Rahane, India's vice-captain in Tests, last played an ODI in February 2018, when captain Virat Kohli said the team management was looking at him as a prospective No. 4, but has been out of favour since that tour of South Africa.

 

"As a batsman, I am aggressive but, by nature, I am quite shy," Rahane told the Hindu. "I prefer to let my bat speak but sometimes it's important to speak the truth. I have always believed the team comes first and respected the management and the selectors' decision. I will continue to do that.

 

"The point is that if as a player I have always played for the team, then I deserve chances more consistently. That's the least I am asking."

 

Rahane said that confidence from the management and a consistent run were important for a player to think of the team and not securing his own place for the next game. He pointed to his moving down the order to suit the needs of the team. "Frankly, I have never thought about my personal achievements. I did well as an opener against West Indies and Australia but in South Africa, the management thought I would be suitable at No. 4. I said 'whatever you prefer' because the team wanted it.

 

"But every individual needs confidence and positive vibes like 'yes, you are there and you are doing it for the team'. I think everyone knows that if someone is backing you, the player gets the confidence to play fearless and positive cricket."

 

Rahane has played 90 ODIs, averaging 35.26 and striking at 78.63 runs per 100 balls. On his ODI comeback in South Africa in early 2018, when India won 5-1, he played all the matches, averaging 35 with a strike rate of 76.92. He scored a 79 and an unbeaten 34 in two of the matches, where he batted at No. 4 because India's first-choice openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, were both available.

"I keep negative thoughts away and you never know, things can change any time"

Since then, with much of the planning centred on the World Cup in 2019, India have tried out various other options for the middle order. The impression from the days of MS Dhoni as captain has been that Rahane is good against the hard new ball, but struggles to maintain a high strike rate when the ball goes soft in the middle overs.

 

"If I feel let down, my mindset will turn negative and so, I don't really think that way," Rahane said of his approach. "I leave that decision to the selectors because they are the best judges. I also believe that my performances were really good. If you see the last three-four series, my average was around 45 to 50. After I was dropped, I went back to domestic cricket and feel I have done reasonably well."

 

Rahane has averaged 41.38 in the last three years, higher than his career average. He has batted at different positions in this period, even opening the innings in the Caribbean in mid-2017 and scoring 62, 103, 72, 60 and 39 as India won 3-1.

According to chief selector MSK Prasad, Rahane isn't out of the running for a spot in the World Cup squad, but his name doesn't figure in the squads for the last ODI series India play before the IPL, which will be followed immediately by the World Cup.

 

"It feels good that I am being considered. But at the same time, you need to get a chance," Rahane said. "Playing the World Cup is a dream every cricketer cherishes. I do respect the selectors and team management's performances, and I think I deserve a chance.

 

"I am very much hopeful. I keep negative thoughts away and you never know, things can change any time. It's important to believe in yourself and keep good people around you rather than those who will say 'yaar, yeh tere saath ki kyun ho raha hai [Why is this happening only to me?'] I keep my distance from such people and am comfortable with a closed group of four or five people who have believed in me all along."

 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26089581/i-deserve-chance-ajinkya-rahane-opens-being-ignored-australia-odis

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The sense of entitlement! Dude you have been total **** in Tests, focus on keeping your place there. You were never a LOI batsman, yet got to play 100+ LOIs

 

And to have the gall to say I deserve a chance in ODIs when he's failed in 5 back to back T20 matches for Mumbai after playing lots of shittty selfish knocks for India A

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He does deserve a chance.

 

If players like like Rayudu and Dhoni get to play white ball cricket so much then so does he.

 

However, he is definitely not in India's best side. The irony is palpable.

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23 minutes ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

The sense of entitlement! Dude you have been total **** in Tests, focus on keeping your place there. You were never a LOI batsman, yet got to play 100+ LOIs

 

And to have the gall to say I deserve a chance in ODIs when he's failed in 5 back to back T20 matches for Mumbai after playing lots of shittty selfish knocks for India A

This is important probably more crucial. He has played selfish ODI knocks for India v Lions.

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Sorry Jinx you've been involved in India's limited overs team since 2011 & done nothing special. Count yourself lucky you got a chance to play in 2015 WC. Please leave us in our own agony thanks to the bunch of irremovable deadwood in the team.

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He is a delusional fool who thinks he is good.He was never good  in shorter format.He is the reason why we lost one T20 finals. This moron was still sulking about his SA series drpiing for first two test after he stunk for whole five tests in England that proves his selfishness. 

 

He is lucky to be part of test team.

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Now a days a lot of fans,  even once hardcore supporters like myself  require yourself to be permanently dropped from the test team too. That  is where you come up with claiming for more chances in limited overs!!!!!!!

Sometimes shamelessness knows no bounds .....

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3 hours ago, puneet28 said:

why don't we ban players from giving such statements? Lately many have been speaking in media with over confidence. 

No ban but big fine for every asinine statement.

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9 hours ago, rtmohanlal said:

Now a days a lot of fans,  even once hardcore supporters like myself  require yourself to be permanently dropped from the test team too. That  is where you come up with claiming for more chances in limited overs!!!!!!!

Sometimes shamelessness knows no bounds .....

dhoni is his inspiration

tenli his guru

azar his fatherfigure 

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15 hours ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

The sense of entitlement! Dude you have been total **** in Tests, focus on keeping your place there. You were never a LOI batsman, yet got to play 100+ LOIs

 

And to have the gall to say I deserve a chance in ODIs when he's failed in 5 back to back T20 matches for Mumbai after playing lots of shittty selfish knocks for India A

All Indian batsmen have a sense of entitlement. In 12th std history textbook there is a phrase where itseems an Indian under the Raj could only raise up to the level of a subedar. Whereas a freshly recruited British officer can upbraid the most senior subedar and there is nothing the old bloke can say in return.

 

Before the Australian win, that's the case with the Indian batsmen and bowlers. Sometimes even Rohit/rahane/dhawan say that "our bowlers need to adjust" "our bowlers need to pitch it up". But you will never see an Indian bowler say that Rohit needs to work on his batting in swinging conditions or if ajinkya drops another catch off my bowling I will slap him silly, the way McGrath and Stuart broad criticized their batsmen.

 

Things have to change..

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20 hours ago, Stan AF said:

'I deserve a chance' - Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane has asked for more and consistent chances in limited-overs internationals for India. Rahane, India's vice-captain in Tests, last played an ODI in February 2018, when captain Virat Kohli said the team management was looking at him as a prospective No. 4, but has been out of favour since that tour of South Africa.

 

"As a batsman, I am aggressive but, by nature, I am quite shy," Rahane told the Hindu. "I prefer to let my bat speak but sometimes it's important to speak the truth. I have always believed the team comes first and respected the management and the selectors' decision. I will continue to do that.

 

"The point is that if as a player I have always played for the team, then I deserve chances more consistently. That's the least I am asking."

 

Rahane said that confidence from the management and a consistent run were important for a player to think of the team and not securing his own place for the next game. He pointed to his moving down the order to suit the needs of the team. "Frankly, I have never thought about my personal achievements. I did well as an opener against West Indies and Australia but in South Africa, the management thought I would be suitable at No. 4. I said 'whatever you prefer' because the team wanted it.

 

"But every individual needs confidence and positive vibes like 'yes, you are there and you are doing it for the team'. I think everyone knows that if someone is backing you, the player gets the confidence to play fearless and positive cricket."

 

Rahane has played 90 ODIs, averaging 35.26 and striking at 78.63 runs per 100 balls. On his ODI comeback in South Africa in early 2018, when India won 5-1, he played all the matches, averaging 35 with a strike rate of 76.92. He scored a 79 and an unbeaten 34 in two of the matches, where he batted at No. 4 because India's first-choice openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, were both available.

"I keep negative thoughts away and you never know, things can change any time"

Since then, with much of the planning centred on the World Cup in 2019, India have tried out various other options for the middle order. The impression from the days of MS Dhoni as captain has been that Rahane is good against the hard new ball, but struggles to maintain a high strike rate when the ball goes soft in the middle overs.

 

"If I feel let down, my mindset will turn negative and so, I don't really think that way," Rahane said of his approach. "I leave that decision to the selectors because they are the best judges. I also believe that my performances were really good. If you see the last three-four series, my average was around 45 to 50. After I was dropped, I went back to domestic cricket and feel I have done reasonably well."

 

Rahane has averaged 41.38 in the last three years, higher than his career average. He has batted at different positions in this period, even opening the innings in the Caribbean in mid-2017 and scoring 62, 103, 72, 60 and 39 as India won 3-1.

According to chief selector MSK Prasad, Rahane isn't out of the running for a spot in the World Cup squad, but his name doesn't figure in the squads for the last ODI series India play before the IPL, which will be followed immediately by the World Cup.

 

"It feels good that I am being considered. But at the same time, you need to get a chance," Rahane said. "Playing the World Cup is a dream every cricketer cherishes. I do respect the selectors and team management's performances, and I think I deserve a chance.

 

"I am very much hopeful. I keep negative thoughts away and you never know, things can change any time. It's important to believe in yourself and keep good people around you rather than those who will say 'yaar, yeh tere saath ki kyun ho raha hai [Why is this happening only to me?'] I keep my distance from such people and am comfortable with a closed group of four or five people who have believed in me all along."

 

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26089581/i-deserve-chance-ajinkya-rahane-opens-being-ignored-australia-odis

Besharm.

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poor guy never got a chance... unfair to write someone off in ODIs until you've given them over at least 350 ODI appearances. Only then can one make a balanced judgement. Good on Rahane for calling out this blatant injustice. Entitled and overrated people like R Pant and KLR please take note. 

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