<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Rajasthan Royals not thinking about IPL 2013 Playoffs, says Ajinkya Rahane" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130417213514.jpg" title="Rajasthan Royals not thinking about IPL 2013 Playoffs, says Ajinkya Rahane" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Ajinkya Rahane cracked half-century to guide Royals to a big win against KXIP © PTI</p> </div> <strong>Mohali: May 9, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Having <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/IPL-2013-Rajasthan-Royals-ease-to-8-wicket-win-over-Kings-XI-Punjab/26188" target="_blank">comprehensively beaten Kings XI Punjab </a>in a IPL match,<a href="/tags/Rajasthan-Royals/post" target="_blank"> Rajasthan Royals</a> opener <a href="/tags/Ajinkya-Rahane/post" target="_blank">Ajinkya Rahane</a> said that his team was not thinking about the play-offs stage at the moment and was taking it one game at a time.<br /> <br /> The visitors inched closer to securing a play-offs berth with a eight-wicket win at the PCA Stadium.<br /> <br /> "We are on 18 points right now, but we are not thinking of play-offs. We just wanted to play one game at a time. I think we play against Chennai in Jaipur, that is another important game and we just want to focus on that," Rahane who hit an unbeaten half-century, told reporters after the match.<br /> <br /> Kevon Cooper scalped three vital wickets before Rahane shared an unbeaten partnership of 76 runs with 18-year-old Sanju Samson (47 not out) to guide their team.<br /> <br /> About the away win, he said, "We are not looking that way, but as I said we are playing one game at a time and we just want to improve day by day and match by match. I think the boys are doing really well and we are playing as a team, as a unit."<br /> <br /> Asked about the selection of the Champions Trophy squad, the 24-year-old said, "No, I am not thinking about that. As I said in my last press conference, selection is not in my hands, that is not in my control. I just want to focus on my cricket and enjoy my cricket and give my 100 per cent to Rajasthan Royals. I never think about selection, frankly speaking."<br /> <br /> Pointed out that there was a lull in his scoring before the CT squad was announced, he replied, "See these things happen in cricket, there is always going to be ups and downs.<br /> <br /> As long as you are staying humble and you are looking to improve your game, that's my job and that's what I am doing right now."<br /> <br /> Asked about his free-flowing batting, Rahane said, "I am enjoying my game, I am enjoying my batting and I think main thing is that we are playing really well as a team. I am not thinking about that (his selection issue)."<br /> <br /> To a query about the Mohali track today, he said, "Yeah, the wicket was a little bit slow, but our bowlers executed very well today. Change of pace they did very well. I think from last three games, the bowling unit is really doing a great job."<br /> <br /> Talking about Samson, he said, "He is doing well, he is just 18 years old and he is working hard on his game. We've got a few good youngsters in our team and everyone is backing them. Dishant Yagnik played last time, so everyone backed him and everyone is backing each other."<br /> <br /> As far as the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Classical-jugalbandi-Guru-Rahul-Dravid-and-chela-Ajinkya-Rahane-sing-a-rare-raga-in-T20-cricket/26172" target="_blank">influence of a veteran player like Rahul Dravid</a> was concerned, Rahane said, "He is really a nice guy. I have always said about him that he is my role model and he backs every player, all 23-24 players, not just eleven guys who are playing. It's a great experience to play alongside and bat with him."<br /> <br /> Would he call himself a mirror image of Dravid, Rahane said, "I am not sure about that and I am looking to improve from him. I always talk to him about my batting and what to improve and what to focus on."<br /> <br /> Is the franchise putting pressure on Dravid to continue and not leave next year, he said, "I don't know about that."