Cricketers take a huge pride while playing for their respective teams in the biggest cricketing tournament, the 50-overs World Cup. There have been many such players in the past who are rated as one of the greatest cricketers of all-time, but they haven’t been part of any World Cup squad. With just about three months to go for the 2019 World Cup to be contested in England and Wales; all the teams have started to finalize their respective 15-member squad for the upcoming mega event.
Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has been out of the reckoning from the limited-overs squad for quite a while now. He last played for India in ODIs during the February 2018 ODI series in South Africa, after which the right-hander was dropped from the national side due to inconsistent performances in the six-match limited-overs series. Recently Indian chief selector MSK Prasad mentioned that Rahane is still in their scheme of things for a probable 2019 World Cup spot. But then the Mumbai batsman suffered a massive heartbreak when he was overlooked by the selectors for both the ODIs and T20I against Australia at home.
Things can change anytime reckons a hopeful Ajinkya Rahane
During a recent conversation, Rahane revealed that he is still hopeful to find a place in the national team for the mega event scheduled later this year. He mentioned that like every other player, he also harbours dreams of playing the World Cup. Rahane was also part of the Indian team in the previous 50-overs World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.
"Things can change anytime. And like every player even I harbour dreams of playing in the World Cup. So yeah, I am hopeful. But in the end, it is important that the effort that I am putting in is acknowledged. As a player, I feel everyone needs consistent chances to do well for the team," said Ajinkya Rahane as quoted by TOI.
I have always thought the country and the team comes first
In the past, Rahane has been tried at various positions in the Indian batting line-up. Earlier, he played ODI series against the Windies and Australia as an opener; the Mumbaikar had a magnificent run with the bat at the top of the order. However, even after consistent performances, he was slotted in the middle-order in the ODI series against South Africa before getting dropped. Rahane also mentioned that he is willing to bat at any position for his team’s cause.
"I have always thought the country and the team comes first. Even when I played for Mumbai I started off an as opener, but when the team wanted me to bat at No. 3, I agreed and accepted the challenge. So I don't think I will ever ask for anything except the team's cause. Having said that, though, the point that I am trying to make here is that if as a player I have always been committed to the team's cause, then I deserve chances more consistently. That's the least I am asking for," he added.