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Ajinkya Rahane has been gathering pace as the Indian opener following some impressive performance in the past few matches © Getty Images (File Photo)

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma form a lethal opening pair in India‘s limited overs. However, off late, Ajinkya Rahane has been garnering good appreciation, filling up for Dhawan in the ongoing five ODI series versus Australia. He has carried on from where he left in the ODI series versus West Indies. With a fine fifty in the second ODI at Kolkata, Rahane has indeed been the ideal backup for rested Dhawan. However, the right-hander states that he doesn’t think about what will happen with Dhawan’s comeback, and remains focused on the job in hand. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2017, 3rd ODI at Indore

Rahane, ahead of the 3rd ODI against Australia at Indore, told reporters as told by PTI “I don’t think about the future. I do my best whenever I get my opportunities. That’s what matters. I always think about staying in the present. When Shikhar comes back, we all don’t know what’s going to happen. For me, important thing is to give my all for the team. So the best thing for me is to stick to my gameplan and if I get opportunities, try to do my best for team. Every time you can’t think about hundreds, even if you get crucial 45-50, or 70 runs for your team, that is what matters. I always want to do that.” Dhoni deserves credit for Kohli’s success as India captain, says Warner

Speaking on playing different roles across formats, Rahane quoted, “It’s completely mental [adjustment]. The good thing in this team is anyone can bat at anywhere. We have that flexibility. I have batted at top, No. 3,4 and 5. It’s important to handle that situation and utilize that situation. If you adjust in mind, you can adapt anywhere.” Australia eager to play Aaron Finch in 3rd ODI against India

Rahane also shed light on Australians struggling to score against Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. “It’s a good sign that they [Australians] are not able to pick them. They both are quality spinners, did well in domestic circuit. They are actually improving day by day. In ODI cricket, if you are taking wickets in middle overs and not giving runs at the same time, it’s good to have them. They are not taking things for granted and that’s a good sign.”

Rahane concluded by speaking on Manish Pandey’s poor run and Kedar Jadhav form from the past few matches. “They have just played 2 games. They did well in Sri Lanka. The team management is backing them. It’s important to give confidence to your players. As a professional, you score sometimes, you fail sometimes.”