If I do well in IPL, the World Cup spot will automatically come: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgIf I do well in IPL, the World Cup spot will automatically come: Ajinkya RahaneFor Ajinkya Rahane, the process is more important than the final result and he wants to focus on doing well in the IPL.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 15:35 IST Ajinkya Rahane was elevated to the captain’s role at Rajasthan Royals last season (Rajasthan Royals Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSRahane though made it clear that he isn’t over thinking about the World Cup spotAjinkya Rahane replaced Steve Smith as Rajasthan Royals captain last seasonRahane has played 176 IPL matches and amassed 4537 runs with 1 hundred and 34 fiftiesThere has been a lot of talks about Indias No.4 slot, as the team is one stop away from the 2019 World Cup. With all international fixtures done with, only the Indian Premier League (IPL) remains for the team of skipper Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and the selectors to decide on who they wish to pick for the position. And one man who is definitely in the running is Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane.Speaking to IANS, Rahane though made it clear that he isn’t over thinking about the World Cup bus. For the Mumbaikar, the process is more important than the final result and he wants to focus on doing well in the IPL as he feels that it will automatically take him closer to the goal of representing India in the showpiece event.”The approach won’t be any different with the World Cup spot looming because at the end you are playing cricket, be it the IPL or any other tournament. You have to score runs and do well for the team. The most important thing will be to think about the Rajasthan Royals rather than thinking too much about the road ahead. See, if I do well in the IPL, the World Cup (slot) will automatically come.”I feel it is important to express yourself and not take any undue pressure thinking about things which aren’t in your control. The focus is the IPL,” he said.Coming to the IPL, while Rahane was elevated to the captain’s role last time because regular skipper Steve Smith was banned, he will be the one leading the team this time round. After a quality show last season, does the Rajasthan Royals skipper feel the pressure of expectations?advertisement”No, not at all. The last year was really good for us, especially as we were coming back after two years and captaining RR was a great experience. I want to thank the management for supporting me and I don’t feel any pressure this year. It is important to play as a team and look to enjoy every moment as the IPL is a long tournament. There are players from different culture and it is important to gel well and start on a positive note,” he explained.While Rahane and the Royals missed the services of Smith the last time round, the skipper said that the team was really looking forward to welcoming the former Australia skipper this year. In fact, even the Australian team management is looking at Smith to perform well and make a swift return to the side for the World Cup.”We are all very excited to have him back. Initially we didn’t know if he will be able to make it or not (due to the elbow injury). But when we were told he is coming, that was a boost because his experience and records are unbelievable. He has the ability to win the team matches and that is important for any team,” he smiled.Shane Warne might be the brand ambassador this time, but his role of mentoring the side last year also came as a huge boost for Rahane the skipper as he had the former Australia spinner to back him and help him with strategising.”The experience with Warne was brilliant. My first season (4) was his last season as a player. Picking his mind is very important because he is a legend. He was always involved and kept strategising with us. He loves talking cricket and as a team we have learned a lot just as I have personally learned,” he shared.A chat with “Jinx” (as he is called by friends and teammates) is incomplete without speaking about the journey of India’s Test team this season and India’s Test deputy is a proud man.”I think this was really special as we all know how difficult it is to win in Australia. This is one of the big achievements for us because going and winning a Test series on foreign soil isn’t easy. Starting well is very important and that is what we did in Australia. We had the momentum from the word go and we kept dominating,” he signed off.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow IPL 2019Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Team IndiaFollow ICC World Cuplast_img

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