Ajinkya Rahane pleased to be a part of World Cup winning team

India batsman Ajinkya Rahane (L) missed on his maiden ODI century during the third ODI against England Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mohali: Oct 21, 2011

Ajinkya Rahane finally proved his detractors wrong with his highest ODI score as India won the Mohali ODI and the five-match series against England.

He had come under a lot of fire for his recent performances. Though his knock set India up for the won, he was dismissed on 91, nine short of what would have been a well-deserved century.

Rahane spoke about his innings and expressed pride at being part of the ODI World Cup winning side.

“The last few games were not very good for me. I was very determined for this game and practiced a lot. The team-management gave me good support and backed me a lot,” he said

On the crucial partnership with Gautam Gambhir, “He was batting really well. The partnership was really crucial. We decided to hang-in there and wait for the loose balls.”

“I played my natural game. I was saying to myself, ‘just play positive [and] backed myself,” he added

He also mentioned that he was enjoying the role of an opener and ready to play at any position the team management deemed fit.

He concluded by saying that it was a dream come true to play for India, the World Champions.