IPL 5: Rahane's focus is only on the game

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Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 13:59 [IST]
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Rahane's focus is only on the game

New Delhi, Apr 28: Rajasthan Royals' Ajinkya Rahane, owner of the orange cap who is trying to establish himself at the international level, has said that selection matters have not bothered him, as his focus is only on the game.

"I don't think much about selection, my focus is just on the controllable. I just focus on my game and work hard to improve," said Rahane, who represents Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"I don't have to prove anything, I play cricket because it is my passion," the youngster added.

Young Rahane credited his IPL success to his mentor Rahul Dravid, as he has learnt a lot from the cricketing legend.

"I have learnt a lot from Dravid. Even after achieving a high in his career he has never gone out of way, how he conducts himself and handles himself is really great to see," Rahane said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi on Friday.

"I had a lot of discussion with him during the camp ahead of the IPL, he advised me not to think about the numbers and just enjoy the game and that has really worked well in my favour," the Mumbai lad added.

Rahane has so far scored 332 runs at an average of 47.42 with a strike rate of over 140. The youngster has been at his best this season as he has scored a ton and a fifty in IPL 5.

Rahane further adds that he doesn't feel any pressure in adopting to different formats of the game.

"If you have good technique you can adopt to all three formats of the game," he said.

When asked why he hasn't tried playing switch-hits and scoops he said, "I don't want to copy anyone, I just play the game my way and probably I have not felt the need to play an unorthodox shot so far."

On being termed as Rajasthan Royals' backbone in terms of team's batting and its success, Rahane quickly said, "Cricket is a team game. A single individual can't win you a game. Besides Dravid has maintained a great balance in the side so far."


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