Saturday, 28 January 2023

Ajinkya Rahane Motivated by Rahul Dravid.

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What is the most important factor that boosts your confidence?

A piece of advice from a legend - Ajinkya Rahane remembered an essential component of advice from the cricket legend Rahul Dravid also known as "The Wall," that motivated and inspired him.

Rahane Stated, "Rahul Bhai told me, 'don't run after India selection, it'll follow you."

Current India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane remembering his grind in domestic cricket before he had the honor of wearing the India colors.

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Ajinkya Rahane explained how he was worried after not getting a call-up for India despite scoring a mass of runs in first-class cricket. Ajinkya said that Pravin Amre was the one who helped him after he had a poor start to his First-Class Cricket career.

"The first 3 or 4 games in my first season of Ranji Trophy was not well. Individual had started to say that I should be dropped and sent back to club cricket, but Pravin Amre, our coach, stated, 'once we have got someone into the side, we should give him 7-8 matches before. Deciding.'

Rahane Stated, "There used to be seven league matches at the time, and my rest of the matches went quite well, I scored many runs, and from then, for the next five seasons, I scored more than a Ton every time in First-class Cricket. So yes, after the first two or three years, I started thinking that I might get a call-up any time, but the more I thought about it, the further it went away".

Ajinkya Rahane, who is currently in England as a part of the Indian Cricket Team for a Test match to play the first-ever World Test Championship's final, shared his interaction with Dravid during a Duleep Trophy last during an interview at ESPNCricinfo with former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta. Ajinkya Rahane was playing for the West Zone while Dravid was representing the South Zone.

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Rahane stated, "I remember in a Duleep Trophy final, we played against South Zone in 2008-09, and Rahul Dravid played in it at Chennai. I got runs in that matches– 165 and 98. Rahul Bhai(Rahul Dravid) called me up after the game and said, I've read about you a lot; you are scoring many runs. As a player, it is very spontaneous that you will start thinking about an India call-up. All I would tell you to keep on doing what you've been doing,"

You keep concentrating on that, and the Indian team call-up will come automatically. Do not run after it; it will follow you. Getting such advice from someone like Rahul Bhai boost my confidence a lot. That motivated and inspired me a lot. He has seen many things in life. I got another thousand runs next season; And two years after that, I was selected,

Ajinkya Rahane had made his ODI debut in 2011

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