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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Pune 09 May 2012 - 01:27am IST

I always try to improve: Rahane

Rajasthan Royals opener believes in keeping it simple while batting

It’s all about opportunity. Sportsmen thrive on that solitary chance to showcase their talent to the world. The Indian Premier League is the ideal opportunity for players from around the world to announce themselves. IPL 2012 is Ajinkya Rahane’s graduation of sorts; he has managed to not only impress but also convince one and all of his shining talent. With 463 runs in the tournament so far, Rahane has played well enough to often outshine the more illustrious names in the game. His form might have dipped in recent matches, but his confidence is certainly sky high.

The 23-year-old spoke to iplt20.com after Rajasthan Royals’ seven-wicket win over the Pune Warriors India.

Excerpts:


One more win for you; do you think the playoffs are within your reach?


It’s always good to win a game. Last match was very crucial for us as we had lost a lot of games on the trot and the momentum we got was very good. Today also it was a team effort, and I am feeling good about it.

Have you changed your batting style to suit Twenty20 cricket?


I believe that, if you are technically sound and if you want to play good cricket, sooner you adjust to the format, better it will be for you. I just wanted to keep my batting simple, and improvisation is very important in this format. You just need to know when to take your chances.

Do you see yourself as Rahul Dravid’s heir apparent in the Indian side?


It’s very difficult to replace a player of his stature. I want to create my own identity, so I don’t want to be compared with him. It’s a very good opportunity for me to learn from him and I would want to learn more in the upcoming matches. He does share a lot. He talks a lot to you in the middle also and jokes at the same time. It’s a very big thing if your role model is sharing so much with you.

Are you missing the Orange Cap?


Today while playing, I was not thinking about it. I just know that if I keep playing well, Orange Cap is going to be with me. I just want to contribute to the team in every match.

Do you think you didn’t get enough opportunities while playing for the Mumbai Indians?

I don’t have any complaints, as it was the team management’s decision. Now I am playing for RR and we have a very good team and the atmosphere is also good. I am very happy here.

Does playing in the domestic circuit help while playing in the IPL?

I have been playing domestic cricket for the last five years and the experience is helping me a lot here. Praveen Amre has also given me a lot of tips, which are helping me here.

Do you feel the pressure of expectation?


If you perform well, there will be a lot expected out of you. I always take expectations in a way that I feel all of them are supporting me. I always try to improve day-by-day and match-by-match.

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