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Ajinkya Rahane made a big disclosure about Rahul Dravid

India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is the backbone of the team’s batting line-up and has successfully established himself as one of the best red-ball players. However, like every other Indian cricketer, Rahane struggled to find a foothold in the national team. Rahane was also advised by other Rahul Dravid regarding batting and it has been mentioned by Rahane.

Rahane was a well-known name in India’s domestic circuit in the late 2000s as he amassed a truckload of runs while participating in domestic tournaments. However the right-handed batsman got his first call-up in the Indian team in August 2011.

When Rahane was performing better in domestic cricket, he did not get a place in the team. Rahane was not impressed with this as he got advice from Rahul Dravid. Rahane said that Dravid bhai saw me and called for a conversation.

Ajinkya Rahane statement

In a conversation with ESPN, the Indian Test vice-captain said that I remember that in the final of the Duleep Trophy we were playing against South Zone in 2008-09 and Rahul Dravid was playing in it in Chennai. I got 165 and 98 runs in that match, Rahul bhai called me after the match and said I read a lot about you, you are scoring a lot. It is very natural as a player that you will start expecting call-ups from India. All I will tell you is to keep doing what you are doing.

India Nets Session
India Nets Session

Dravid also told Rahane that you keep focusing on him and the India call-up will come automatically. Don’t run after him, he will follow you. Getting that advice from someone like Rahul bhai really inspired me a lot. He has seen many ups and downs. I got a thousand runs the next season and two years after that, I was picked.

Edited by Niranjan


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