Ajinkya Rahane has recently been omitted from limited-overs side    Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane has recently been omitted from limited-overs side Getty Images

With many contenders for the eleven spots in India Team, the competition is tight. A constant name in India’s Test side, Ajinkya Rahane has often been ignored in limited-overs lately. In a recent interview, Rahane said that he has earlier batted at different positions and is ready to contribute in any manner. However, he also revealed that the Indian selectors want him as an opener in limited overs and that he will wait for his turn to be picked.

“I have the experience of playing on every number,” Rahane told NDTV. “However lately whatever ODIs have been played, I have opened the innings and team management has decided that I am going to be an opener. So it’s all about giving my best in that position. I am confident of doing well in any position whenever I get an opportunity.”

India’s next assignment is their tour to South Africa and a lot will depend upon Rahane’s performance, as the batsman holds outstanding records in overseas tours. Talking about the preparation for that tour, Rahane said, “I love taking responsibility, whether I am batting or fielding and it is a great opportunity for me to do well for my country, contribute to my country. I am actually working hard to get better and better. I love the challenge of vice-captaincy. I want to be a match winner for my country, be it Test cricket, ODI cricket or T20s.”

Just like any other tour, Rahane is practising under the supervision of Praveen Amre. “He is helping me a lot and we have been practising for a long time. We know each other for a long time and he has helped me immensely. We are together in good and bad times, and that is a very good thing. His support is always there with me, and his inputs are very valuable because when we went there last time, we practised together,” Rahane added.