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I can bat at any number, says Ajinkya

Mumbai: Ajinkya Rahane insisted he does not have preference for a particular batting position and was willing to bat at any number.

India A coach Lalchand Rajput had said before the warm-up game against the visiting England team that Rahane likes to bat at No. 3, giving a clear hint that Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund would open the innings.

“I am not particular about which number I should bat. I will be happy to bat wherever team management wants me to. I just want to score runs,” said the Mumbai batsman on Thursday after scoring a half-century in the second innings of the drawn tie.

Rahane said he was pleased with his second innings effort of 54 in 98 balls after scoring just four in the first essay.

“I am happy with my second innings effort after the disappointment in the first. It will give me confidence going into the Ranji Trophy game (against Railways at the Wankhede Stadium),” he said.

The 24-year-old batsman praised bowling effort of Yuvraj Singh, who returned a career-best first class haul of 5/94. “Yuvraj bowled very well. He bowled well in the T20 World Cup too (in Sri Lanka). He is a useful bowler.”

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, who has been in and out of the limited overs squads, said he was looking forward to the eight home Tests this season to force his way into the national team.

“I’m always working towards that. There are certain things that are not in my hands. Whatever is in my hands, I’ll try and do it. I will try to perform and leave it up to the selectors and everybody else,” he said while preparing for Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy opener against Railways at the Wankhede Stadium here. (agencies)