Ajinkya Rahane, the Rajasthan Royals opener and batting mainstay, is now a regular in the Indian Test side and he credits the Indian Premier League for the confidence it instilled in him to face world-class bowlers on the tours of South Africa and New Zealand recently.
Rahane, who has so far scored 1316 runs from 54 matches in the IPL, however has not been able to cement his spot in India's limited overs team. A paltry 687 runs from 27 games at an average of 25.44 do not do justice to the Mumbai batsman's talent but he did come alive in the Asia Cup, slamming two half-centuries to make his presence felt. Rahane was also preferred over Shikhar Dhawan in the closing stages of the ICC World Twenty20 and though he did not set the tournament on fire, he remains a promising prospect for Team India.
However, these brief hints of success have not been enough for Rahane to force his way into the star-studded middle-order in the ODI team. After missing out on golden opportunities in the recent past, the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League will give him another chance to establish his credentials.