Ajinkya Rahane aims to repeat his 2014 Boxing Day Test heroics
Ajinkya Rahane aims to repeat his 2014 Boxing Day Test heroics

Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is confident of scoring a century and even a double century in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting December 26.

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“It will come, I am really sure that it will come in this match,” Rahane told reporters when asked about converting his starts in the series.

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“The way I am batting, with the the mindset of counter-attack, definitely (I will score) a 100 or maybe 200. But it is important for me to not think about the milestones. I want to continue the way I am batting and if i can read the situation and play accordingly,  that will be good for the team,” he added.

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It has been well over an year since Rahane reached the triple-figure mark in Tests, when he scored 132 against Sri Lanka in August 2017 in Colombo. Since then, he has played 25 innings, managing a score of 50 plus only five times. In the ongoing series, Rahane has made 13, 70, 51 and 30, but there has been as stark difference in his approach to batting in the series as he has looked to counterattack the Australian quicks and Rahane says it has been his own decision to play that way.

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“It is my own decision to counterattack,” said Rahane, adding, “ The way I was visualising (in the first two Tests), I was just thinking about the kind of shots to play on the particular track. I think you have to take the risk and be brave to take the call. It can go either but as a batsman it is your responsibility and it is your decision to make that happen,” he said.

On being asked about how naturally counterattacking come to him, Rahane said it is all about visualisation.

“it comes naturally, I am an attacking batsman. But it needs visualisation and also reading the situation. When you sit in the dressing room waiting to bat at 4 or 5, reading the situation is important. The Australian attack is coming hard at us and the best option is to put them on the back foot. Yes, sometimes it is important to take your time, but we have (Cheteshwar) Pujara who is taking his time and building an innings. And batting at 4 or 5, who have to think one or two steps ahead of the game,” said Rahane.

The last time Rahane played a Boxing Day Test match in Australia in 2014, he scored 147 and 48, he is excited to put in a similar performance four years later.

“Yes, it is a happy memory and really excited about the Boxing Day Test match. We expected Australia to bounced back in Perth. It will be important for us to give our best starting December 26,” he added.