Jaipur, May 11: After achieving success in the ongoing IPL 5, Ajinkya Rahane cannot believe that he his in such a good form and the Rajasthan Royals opener said the whole experience has been like living a dream.
Despite his poor show in recent games, the right-hander batsman stands second to Chris Gayle with a total of 480 runs at 43.63 in the league.
Besides him, only two players have scored a century. Rahane has hit more fours (63) than any other player in the competition.
"Well, it has come as a surprise. I have only done my part and the rest has been destiny. To top the charts in a competition like IPL is really a proud achievement for me. But I would have really loved to see my team to be in a better position than it is," Rahane told PTI.
Earlier, Rahane played for Mumbai Indians but lacked opportunities due to their star-studded line-up. In Rajasthan, Rahane feels he had to prove a point.
"Actually I was learning a lot in Mumbai Indians with my idol Sachin Paaji around but then wasnt getting many chances. Here in RR things were different, I had a role to play, there were expectations off me. And also I was happy to be around my other idol, Rahul Dravid. Its a pleasure talking cricket to Rahul bhai," he explained.
Rahane said he was glad to make his Twenty20 debut on the same ground as Dravid against England. You know it is funny that once there was a game in Mumbai when India were playing a Test match," Rahane said.
"I was glad to be a ball boy in that game to catch a glimpse of my heroes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. I did see them closely but if I had a mobile phone in those times I would have clicked some pictures as well. In fact I was too shy to speak to them at all. And here I was making my T20 debut with Rahul Dravid.
"It is difficult to describe. I remember MS Dhoni, Sachin paaji and Rahul bhai talking to me before the game and telling me that I am playing for India because I deserve to. It was a matter of giving confidence and they did just that," he added.
When asked how life has changed since that day, Rahane said he remains the same person and has more value for money.
"Well, my approach to life hasn't changed at all. I am the same Ajinkya for everyone around me. But coming from a lower-middle class family I did understand the value of money. I remember my parents had sacrificed so much so that I could continue my cricket.
"I remember I use to travel for two and a half hours one side to train at an academy. So 4 to 5 hours were gone in travelling by train. So we all have worked hard for my career and I am glad that it worked," he said.
Asked about how he feels to see his hoardings around Jaipur, Rahane said, "Well it does feel nice. I use to see hoardings of other cricketers and use to wonder if there would be a day when I'd have one too. And now there are. Sometimes I feel as if I am dreaming."