Ajinkya Rahane broke a streak of low scores at home in sterling fashion © AFP
Ajinkya Rahane broke a streak of low scores at home in sterling fashion © AFP

Ajinkya Rahane overcame his demons of not being able to score big at home in the fourth and final Test at Delhi against South Africa by scoring back to back hundreds on a surface that a lot others found hard to negotiate. Rahane spoke about the mental adjustments he had to make in order to flourish. But Rahane, is not one to obsess over his own numbers. He has stated that he aims to continue in the same vein for prolonged period so that he can be hailed as the best batsman in the world. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015 4th Test at Delhi

“I have not gone with numbers. Jab retire hoge tab numbers saamne aayenge (Numbers will be delved on after retirement). I want to carry on with the same momentum, so that I can be hailed as the world’s best batsman,” Rahane said in an interview with the Indian Express. Ajinkya Rahane: Playing ICC World T20 2016 at home will be a big challenge

He said that the dual hundreds at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi held greater significance for him since it was the venue of his debut in which he in his own words had a miserable outing. “These two hundreds were very special. It came in the venue where I had made my Tests debut. Since my debut was not memorable, I was eager to do well this time around. Being only the fifth player to achieve that… bahut badi baat hai (it’s a great feat),” said Rahane. Ajinkya Rahane: T20 cricket comes to me naturally

Rahane however felt that his string of low scores in the Test series could not be attributed to bad form, but instead on his tendency to go for shots before he was in his zone. “I knew that since the one day series I was batting well. Even in Tests, I was in a good touch, but what was important was to spend more time at the crease,” Rahane said.

“I was just playing my shots too early, and that’s where your discipline comes in. You tell your mind to wait for the right ball to play your shots,” Rahane added on the same note.