Ajinkya Rahane has become a regular fixed player in the Indian team since his Test debut back in 2013. Ajinkya Rahane’s first two outings in the middle order against Australia at Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi was not up to the mark but Ajinkya still remembers Sachin Tendulkar’s advice which he gave before his first test match on this day which proved very beneficial for him.
Tendulkar advised Rahane to just enjoy the moment rather than the playing under pressure. Ajinkya Rahane managed to scalp just 7 & 1 in his two knocks but India thrashed Australia by six wickets thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s twin half centuries.
In the chat with former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta on popular chat show Cricketbaazi, Ajinkya recollected his debut Test in 2013. “I didn’t know how to react, I was feeling mixed emotions. It was, obviously, a special moment for me, but I was a bit feeling nervousness and excitement as well,” Ajinkya Rahane told Deep Dasgupta.
After Australia scored 262 runs in the first innings Ajinkya Rahane came out to bat with India’s scoreboard at 148/3 with Sachin Tendulkar batting at the other side. “When I went on field Sachin was on another side. He told me that as a player you want to do well on debut & every game. But you need to forget all your worries at this moment & just enjoy it”, said Ajinkya.
“Just enjoy the moment’. He gave me this advice. My debut match was not that great, but it was memorable,” Ajinkya Rahane quoted as saying.
Ajinkya who previously opened the batting for India in the ODIs said that it was a bit challenging for him to adjust in the middle-order. “To bat at the middle-order was a bit challenging. I bat at no. 6 position (no. 5 position, actually), and it was challenging. When you are batting at no. 6 in India, you know the ball gets old, and the fielders are standing backwards,” the 32-year-old said.
Ajinkya has an outstanding achievements registered on his name in his cricketing career. Ajinkya Rahane has played 65 Tests for India till date, averaging 42.88 with 11 hundreds and 22 fifties. In 90 ODIs, Ajinkya Rahane has scored 2962 runs at an average of 35.26 with three hundreds.