It took an injury to Virender Sehwag for Ajinkya Rahane to finally get a call-up to the national squad after four seasons of sweating it out in Indian domestic cricket. Fresh off a successful tour of Australia with the India Emerging Players squad, he's now headed to England for the five-match ODI series. "It is a dream come true for me," Rahane told ESPNcricinfo. "I have been waiting for this moment for very long, and finally it has arrived."
If having his efforts being repeatedly ignored has hurt, Rahane does not show it. "I have focussed only on my game and my performance all along," he said. "I just know that I have to keep making runs consistently. The more the competition from other players, it only serves to motivate you, and it is a good thing."
With a first-class average of 67.72 and a List A average of 38.61, Rahane has seen several players leapfrog him into the national side on the basis of meteoric IPL performances. He has shrugged his shoulders and gone back to making runs for Mumbai, firmly believing that the sheer weight of runs would one day tilt the scales in his favour.