Ajinkya Rahane added 45 runs off 56 balls to India's total to guide India get a decent start in the third ODI at Trent Bridge © Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane added 45 runs off 56 balls to India’s total to guide India get a decent start in the third ODI at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

Sep 1, 2014

Ajinkya Rahane has come out in defence of his team mates Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli after the latter have shown a decline in form in the recent past, failing to register any big scores throughout the Test series and the two One-Day Internationals (ODI) against England  in the ongoing tour so far.

“Shikhar was actually batting well today. In ODI cricket, sometimes, even a good shot can get you out. I thought the shot that he got out to wasn’t a bad one. He played it well and it came from the middle of the bat. Unfortunately it went straight into the hands of the fielder,” Rahane was quoted as describing Dhawan’s batting in the third ODI to BCCI.tv. Dhawan was dismissed on 16 off the bowling of Chris Woakes.

Rahane spoke in a similar manner about Kohli, who registered a fighting 50-ball knock of 40, which is also his highest score in the tour so far. He is a fine player and he is actually looking good while he is out there batting. It’s tough on him that he is getting out cheaply despite batting well. This phase will only make him a much better cricketer,”said Rahane.

I don’t need to do much when it comes to giving him confidence as his batting partner because Virat is very aware of his game. He knows what he is doing and his confidence comes from that. The only discussion Virat and I had was that we will not let the England bowlers dominate us,” added the Mumbai batsman.