Ajinkya Rahane © Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane © Getty Images

Mumbai: Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Friday said he would have been an officer with the Indian Air Force if he had not taken up cricket as a career. The willower, speaking to bcci.tv, also took a trip down memory lane and recounted experiences from his days as a junior cricketer. “In a junior cricket game, I got hit on the head by a bouncer. Immediately after that I got five boundaries in a row,” he said. Rahane also said that his favourite cricketers were Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and added he loved listening to American pop-rock band ‘Backstreet Boys’. The 27-year-old has played in 18 Test matches and 58 One-Day Internationals and has also featured in 13 T20s. He has also amassed 3,331 international runs so far. Read: Anil Kumble: Ajinkya Rahane has silenced the No. 3 debate

Earlier, Pleased with his world record feat of eight catches in a Test match, Ajinkya Rahane Friday credited former India skipper Rahul Dravid for guiding him on slip catching and overall fielding. Rahane on Friday became the first fielder in Test history to take eight catches in a game, achieving the feat in the ongoing first cricket match against Sri Lanka here. “We had a very good talk during IPL about what he used to do when he used to stand in the slips,” revealed Rahane on working closely with Dravid, who used to man the slip cordon for India during his playing days.”  VIDEO: Ajinkya Rahane takes superb catch to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara for final time at Galle

“He [Dravid] told me that focus and concentration were really important things. In Tests sometimes the ball will not come for a long time and suddenly you have to grab that one chance that comes. That temperament has to be there and I have been working on my slip catching and my overall fielding,” he said at the post match press conference here. PTI reported.