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Rahane last played an ODI in 2018 against South Africa and T20I in 2016 against West Indies. @ PTI

Ajinkya Rahane, who was left out from India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad, admitted the snub was a huge disappointment, but he believes that’s it’s important to move on. Rahane was zeroed in as the No. 4 batsman for 2015 World Cup, but when it came to this year’s showpiece event in England, India‘s Test vice-captain was left out even after many veterans batted for his inclusion.

“Personally, everyone dreams to be part of World Cup squad. Mine was also the same. You tend to get disappointed when you don’t make the World Cup team but it’s important to move on,” Rahane told India Today.

Moving on from the World Cup, Rahane made his county debut thus becoming the first Indian to play for Hampshire. He began his stint with a scintillating century on debut.

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“When I played two months in county cricket, I learnt a lot. Yes, it was a dream to be part of the World Cup team. But I am focussing on taking everything on a positive note and moving on. I feel I am starting my preparations for the next World Cup from now itself,” Rahane said.

The prolific Mumbai batsman, who last played an ODI in 2018 against South Africa and T20I in 2016 against West Indies, was omitted from the limited overs squad against West Indies. However, he was named for the two-Test series and wants to use the opportunity to make people notice his game.

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“After the World Cup also, there is life, there are challenges. There is World Test Championships. I am focussed on contributing to the team and taking the team forward,” he said.

“Whenever an opportunity comes to play ODI and T20I cricket, I will work hard and make it count. I am actually lucky that people are noticing that I am good enough to play the limited-overs formats as well.”