It's difficult to get selected for Team India: Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane believes a top-class batsman can play at any position Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Sep 27, 2011

India opener Ajinkya Rahane, who made his debut in England, admitted he cannot afford to be fussy about his batting position in the India team and is ready to play at any position and in any form of the game.

“During the first few years in Ranji Trophy, I had opened the innings but the next two years I played at the number three position,” Rahane said.

“But what I believe is, if you are playing international cricket, you must be ready to bat at any position.

“It’s a dream to play for Team India and I believe if you are a top-class batsman you can play at any position.”

More so with so much competition for slots in the batting order, Rahane believes its more difficult to remain in the squad then to be selected.

“It’s difficult to get selected for the Indian team. But to stay there and play consistently (for a long period) is more difficult,” Rahane said.

“I think I have to work harder now and I have to keep my complete focus only on cricket.”

Rahane cherishes his interaction with some of the senior players he grew up idolising.

“On my debut, Sachin (Tendulkar) came up to me after the match and said ‘well played, very well done and you have batted very well,” Rahane said.

“Later, Rahul Dravid and (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni also gave me some tips. When such stalwarts themselves come forward and give you tips… It was a huge thing for me.”

“It’s my dream to represent the Indian Test team but I never think about selection,” he said. “My focus is on performing well in whatever matches I get to play.”