Chennai: Ajinkya Rahane was one of the revelations of the recently concluded Indian Premier League. Headed for the Caribbean next, where he will represent India A, Rahane hopes to make a strong case for a spot in the Indian team. Wisden India found out that Rahane was willing to do whatever his country wanted if he was given the opportunity.
Ajinkya, all those runs for Mumbai on the domestic circuit over the years, but stardom seems to have come to you after the IPL. Isn’t that slightly strange, considering that you are not really a slogger?
It is a bit strange. I have played for the India Under-19s, got opportunities in the Ranji Trophy and, of course, my proudest moment was when I got the India cap on the tour of England last year. Like everyone else, I have always dreamt of representing my country. Now, the IPL. A lot of people feel I am not suited to the T20 format, but I believe in myself and I back my abilities. If your basics are strong and you are mentally well-prepared, you can adjust to all three formats.
You have stuck to playing ‘non-T20’ strokes to score your runs even in the IPL …