Ajinkya Rahane employing baseball hitting technique for T20s, says coach Praveen Amre

Former India batsman Praveen Amre, who has been coaching Ajinkya Rahane for the last six years, has been helping him out in training for power-hitting to rejig his game as per the demands of the shortest format ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

updated: March 13, 2014 20:05 IST
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Mumbai: Former India batsman Praveen Amre is helping talented Ajinkya Rahane master the art of "employing baseball technique while batting" so that the Mumbai youngster can generate more power in his strokes in the shortest format.

Rahane has had a successful stint with Rajasthan Royals so far, playing with a copybook technique under Rahul Dravid's mentorship but Amre's 'Out of the Box' thinking has led to him trying to rejig his game to meet the demands of T20 cricket.

Explaining the rationale behind using baseball hitting technique, he said,"Australians developed throwing techniques from baseball to minimise the injuries. You need to throw the ball at a good pace and in quick time, and the right technique of throwing is important. So I thought why not implement the hitting technique of baseball. So I experimented and tried it myself."

"I was also following some videos of baseball. It is a game of bat and ball but only with a different type of bat (rounded), and the players could generate a lot of force in their strokes," remarked the former Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach.

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