Ajinkya Rahane was a blooming first- class batsman when he came under Rahul Dravid’s wing at the Rajasthan Royals last year. What followed was an excellent season for the Mumbai batsman, who scored 560 runs in 16 matches.
Asked by Mail Today what his experience of working with Dravid was like, ahead of the new season, Rahane said: “I’m enjoying a lot with him. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul bhai have been my role models since I was a child, and it’s a dream to bat with him. It is a great learning experience for all of us, both on and off the field, because we all know how simple and humble he is, and a true student of the game as well.” Speaking about the differences in the styles of previous Royals captain Shane Warne and Dravid, Rahane said: “They are both legends but are entirely different captains. Rahul bhai likes to keep things simple while leading the side, but Warne was always game about trying various new things. It was not as if he expected it will always work but he tried to experiment.” However, the shy youngster refrained from commenting on the two legends’ off- field personalities.
The last time Rahane played at the Kotla, it was a forgettable Test debut on a minefield of a wicket against the Aussies, and before that, during the last IPL, the Royals lost to Delhi by just one run. However, Rahane doesn’t want to concentrate on the past.
“I don’t look back at the past. Obviously, I don’t want to repeat the mistakes that I had made earlier. The game against Delhi last year was disappointing as we lost by just one run. We have learnt from our past mistakes and are ready to start from scratch,” he said.
“It’s all in the mind. You need to adapt to all sorts of situations. My strength is to learn new things everyday but keep the basic things simple.”