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Thursday, 19 April 2012

‘Happy to have done well against Murali’


Ajinka Rahane has hit a purple patch in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League — amassing 304 runs from six matches — and has been instrumental in powering Rajasthan Royals to big wins.

The Mumbai Ranji batsman has been in rich vein of form, scoring 103 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore and 98 against Kings XI Punjab. It’s not the amount of runs, but the effortless and technically sound manner in which he has accumulated them that has caught the eye.

For Rahane, the opportunity has come at the right time and he is pleased to have done well against some top players of the world. "So far so good. The preparation before the IPL was good as I played a few local matches as well. The preparatory camp went well and I got in a good rhythm before the IPL after working with Zubin (Bharucha – technical director) sir and Monty (Desai – coach) sir.

IPL is a great platform as the whole world watches you. For any youngster, it is a great opportunity to play with international players,” Rahane told Mail Today on Wednesday.

More than anything, it’s the text book shots that have been a breath of fresh air in the slam bang ways of T20 cricket. But Rahane doesn’t think too much about what kind of shots he plans to execute. “I never thought of any specific shots that I would or would not play. Whenever I go into bat, I try to keep a clear and calm mind." 

"Batting with Rahul bhai has been excellent. You watch him bat from the other end and get to learn a lot. I am trying to keep it as simple as possible and not cluttering my mind too much with what shots to play and what not,” he added.

One particular shot that gave Rahane satisfaction was in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he hit Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan over covers. "During the century against Bangalore, I particularly liked the shot against Murali. I hit him over the covers (for a six) and that gave me a lot of pleasure. It was the first time I had played against Murali and he has bowled very well in the tournament. To have done well against a quality bowler like him made me feel good,” the 23-year-old said.  (Mail Today)

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