He has opened the batting every time he has represented the country in limited-overs matches, but given an opportunity, Ajinkya Rahane is ready to be a part of the Indian middle-order as well.
Rahane could very well be asked to take the No. 6 spot in the playing XI for the next match in Nagpur. After all, he has been a part of the 15-member squad as a back-up middle-order batsman.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Rahane, who has been in good form, said he was at ease playing at any position and being an opener wouldn’t be a hindrance for the Mumbaikar.
“I am comfortable at any position and being an opener has never really been an issue for me, if asked to come down lower in the order. I feel it is always about the confidence that you have as a batsman. I have always looked to be in control of my game and look to focus on my strengths rather than on the batting position,” he said.
Rahane has a first-class average of over 63, the eighth-best in history and says the 54-run knock against England in their first warm-up game helped boost his confidence further.
“It helps when you score runs at the start of the season and to play well against a quality English attack always adds that much more value. Batting is all about confidence and having runs in your bag. When the going is good, one should try and cash in as much as possible,” he said.
Rahane who has been a part of the Test squad for a while now without getting a game, says it helps to interact with the senior players.
“The seniors in the Indian team are very supportive and they encourage you a lot. I have had an interesting time spending hours talking to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar. They have so much knowledge to impart as they have seen what international cricket is all about, plying their trade over the years,” the 24-year-old batsman said.