One of the forces behind Chennai Super Kings’ fifth IPL crown this year, Ajinkya Rahane was also India’s highest run-getter (135 runs) in their World Test Championship final clash against Australia last month.
His knocks of 89 and 46 couldn’t help India stave off a defeat at The Oval. But he certainly did quite well to put pressure back on Australia in his comeback Test.
At 35, not too many have been able to make such a comeback, although age matters little for the India vice-captain.
“What do you mean by ‘at this age’? I’m still young yaar. There’s still a lot of cricket in me,” Rahane said on Monday at a news conference in Dominica, when asked about his comeback at this age.
Having worked on his fitness as well, Rahane is enjoying his cricket. “I’ve had a good IPL and domestic season. I’ve grown in confidence as a batter, but in the past one-and-a-half year, I’ve also worked a lot on my fitness. At the moment, I’m enjoying my cricket and not thinking too much about the future.
“For the time being, every match is important for me.”
Terming himself as a natural stroke player, Rahane added: “It’s just that my role has changed. “I always look to fulfil the role assigned to me and here also, I will look to fulfil the role that (captain) Rohit Sharma gives me.”