[caption id="attachment_808127" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-808127" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Ajinkya-Rahane.jpg" alt="Ajinkya Rahane" width="628" height="355" /> Ajinkya Rahane (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>It's been over a year since <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ajinkya-rahane/news/">Ajinkya Rahane</a> last played an ODI for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> but that hasn't stopped him from dreaming to represent India at the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">ICC World Cup</a> to be played in England later this year. <p></p> <p></p>Rahane, the Test vice-captain, feels that he has never shied away from putting team ahead of himself and that alone should be enough for the national selectors to give him a fair run in limited-overs cricket. <p></p> <p></p>"I have always thought the country and the team comes first," Rahane told <em>The Times of India</em>. "Even when I played for Mumbai I started off an as opener, but when the team wanted me to bat at No. 3, I agreed and accepted the challenge. So I don't think I will ever ask for anything except the team's cause. Having said that, though, the point that I am trying to make here is that if as a player I have always been committed to the team's cause, then I deserve chances more consistently. That's the least I am asking for." <p></p> <p></p>Rahane's form has been a little shaky of late but he dismisses the notion that uncertainty in white-ball cricket has anything to do with it. "Frankly, I never think about my personal achievements. But every individual needs confidence and positive vibes like 'yes, you are there and you are doing it for the team'. I think everyone knows that if someone is backing you, the player gets the confidence to play fearless and positive cricket. Having said that, though, I don't think my game in Tests is getting affected," he said. <p></p> <p></p>With a settled batting order, it will be a difficult proposition for Rahane to break into India's ODI setup, at least for the World Cup. However, the 30-year-old Mumbai batsman is still hopeful and not least because MSK Prasad, the chairman of national selectors, had said Rahane is still a part of their World Cup plans. <p></p> <p></p>"It feels good that I am being considered. But at the same time, you need to get a chance. Things can change anytime. And like every player even I harbour dreams of playing in the World Cup. So yeah, I am hopeful," he said.