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.
Currently, India is playing in the ongoing home ODI series against Australia and they are still searching out suitable options particularly for two or three spots. The series is quite evenly poised with a 2-2 scoreline and the series-deciding encounter is now scheduled on March 13 in Delhi.
He is a proven batsman and an outstanding fielder
Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar feels that India is doing a grave injustice by ignoring a talented and experienced batsman like Ajinkya Rahane. He mentioned that Rahane is a proven batsman in the English conditions and also an outstanding fielder. Rahane smashed a brilliant century in the Lord’s Test match during the 2014 Test series in England.
“I feel by ignoring talented and experienced Ajinkya, the Indian think tank is doing grave injustice to him. He is a proven batsman in the English conditions and an outstanding fielder too,” said Dilip Vengsarkar during a recent conversation with Mumbai Mirror.
He has the experience of opening and also batting at No.4
Rahane has played both as an opener as well as at the No.4 position in ODIs for India. Vengsarkar also stated that Rahane’s inclusion will provide the much-needed solidity to the Indian middle-order. “He (Ajinkya) will give the middle order the much-needed solidity besides the option as an opening batsman too as he has the experience of opening and also batting at No 4,” he added.