India’s Number 4 slot is still in doldrums. When everyone thought that Ambati Rayudu is confirmed for the slot, he started showing inconsistencies. As a result he has become clear that India might try a new batsman in the upcoming World Cup.
Rayudu made a comeback during the 2018 Asia Cup. While there were some occasional performances, he is more or less inconsistent. This became more evident when he performed miserably recently against Australia.
Having played three games in the series, Rayudu scored 13, 18 and 2. Only time will tell if the management persists with Rayudu or demote Kohli. On the other hand out-of-favor batsman Ajinkya Rahane has entered the race.
Rahane last played an ODI in the South Africa last year. But with India’s struggles he might get a surprise call. Meanwhile the right-handed batsman isn’t getting carried away. He is focusing on the upcoming IPL where he will play for Rajasthan Royals.
“The approach won’t be any different with the World Cup spot looming because at the end you are playing cricket, be it the IPL or any other tournament. You have to score runs and do well for the team. The most important thing will be to think about the Rajasthan Royals rather than thinking too much about the road ahead. See, if I do well in the IPL, the World Cup (slot) will automatically come,” Ajinkya Rahane was quoted as saying to the media.
“I feel it is important to express yourself and not take any undue pressure thinking about things which aren’t in your control. The focus is the IPL,” he added.
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Expectations doesn’t pressurize Rahane
Ajinkya was the captain of the Rajasthan Royals last year. This was because their regular skipper Steve Smith was banned due to ball-tampering scandal. Rahane is not feeling the pressure at all and is looking forward to having a positive start.
“No, not at all. The last year was really good for us, especially as we were coming back after two years and captaining RR was a great experience. I want to thank the management for supporting me and I don’t feel any pressure this year. It is important to play as a team and look to enjoy every moment as the IPL is a long tournament. There are players from different culture and it is important to gel well and start on a positive note,” he explained.