World Cup snub was disappointing but had to move on: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgIndia batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who was overlooked for the World Cup 2019, said the omission from the squad for the showpiece event brought disappointment to him. Rahane though insisted that he is keen on putting behind the disappointment and focussing on the future.India went into World Cup 2019 with a concern surrounding their middle-order, particularly the No. 4 spot. Rahane was India’s number 4 in World Cup 2015, but since then, the right-handed batsman has not been a regular in the side in the shorter formats.”Personally, everyone dreams to be part of World Cup squad. Mine was also the same. You tend to get disappointed when you don’t make the World Cup team but it’s important to move on,” Ajinkya Rahane said speaking to TVTN News Director Rahul Kanwal for India Today’s Jab We Met.Post the World Cup snub, Rahane made his county debut, becoming the first Indian player to play Hampshire. The day Indian team landed in England to begin their World Cup campaign, Rahane slammed a hundred on his debut for Hampshire.”When I played 2 months in county cricket, I learnt a lot. Yes, it was a dream to be part of the World Cup team. But, I am focussing on taking everything on a positive note and moving on. I feel I am starting my preparations for the next World Cup from now itself,” Rahane said.Rahane, who had last played an ODI in 2018 against South Africa and T20I in 2016 against West Indies, was once again not considered for the shorter format series against West Indies. However, the Maharashtra batsman was named in the two-match Test series that will also be the part of the World Test Championship.advertisementAjinkya Rahane said he would like to capitalize upon every opportunity that he gets to play for the country.”After the World Cup also, there is life, there are challenges. There is World Test Championships. I am focussed on contributing to the team and taking the team forward.””Whenever an opportunity comes to play ODI and T20I cricket, I will work hard and make it count. I am actually lucky that people are noticing that I am good enough to play the limited-overs formats as well, Rahane added.Rahane, averages over 40 in the longest format, but has struggled to score runs consistently over the last couple of years. His average dropped from 34.62 in 2017 to 30.66 in 2018.Also Read | Agree with Sourav Ganguly, India need to pick a core group for all formats: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | India head coach interview likely after Independence DayAlso See:last_img

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