Ajinkya Rahane © Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane has looked in good touch through the tour © Getty Images

Aug 31, 2014

Ajinkya Rahane got off to yet another good start during the third One-Day International (ODI) against England before being dismissed in the 40s. It was the second time in the series that he was dismissed after getting a start, something that has been pointed out and discussed by experts. However, Rahane said that he is working towards converting those starts and making them into big scores.

Speaking to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) official website, Rahane said, “To be honest, I too am wondering why this is happening with me and that too, so often. I think I need to make a conscious effort to bat very tight once I reach that stage of my innings.”

“Saying that, I also need to ensure I don’t stop scoring completely and keep the run-flow going. I generally have a good concentration level and the lapses don’t happen often. This is a very strange phase for me. But I know that it is just a matter of one innings before I get past this issue. Once I cross the 50-60 mark, I am pretty sure I can go on to score a big one,” Rahane said.

Rahane also felt that Shikhar Dhawan was batting well the other day and it was unfortunate that he hit one straight down the fielder’s throat. He also feels there is nothing wrong with Virat Kohli, though the batsman has endured a tough run in recent times.

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