Focusing on IPL to get a ticket for WC: Rahane
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League is just three days away from power-packed action. This tournament presents a perfect opportunity for the Indian players to prove their standards in order to get a ticket for the upcoming World Cup mid-April, to be held in England & Wales.
The recently-concluded India vs Australia series didn’t really please the selectors and even the experimentation didn’t pay off for the No.4 slot. The top four contenders are Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul and any of them performing better will get a ticket for the upcoming World Cup, as confirmed by a senior BCCI official.
Focusing on IPL: Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane said he is ready for the challenge and reckon that a good show in the IPL will surely make them primary contenders for that No.4 spot.
“The approach won’t be any different with the World Cup spot looming because at the end you are playing cricket, be it the IPL or any other tournament. You have to score runs and do well for the team. The most important thing will be to think about the Rajasthan Royals rather than thinking too much about the road ahead.
“If I do well in the IPL, the World Cup (slot) will automatically come. I feel it is important to express yourself and not take any undue pressure thinking about things which aren’t in your control. The focus is the IPL,” Rahane told IANS.
“In IPL, if I get a great start then it could really impact the selections. Selectors will be thinking twice about me. That’s what I am really looking forward to. But I have been doing well in all formats, not just IPL. So definitely this IPL they will be looking. Gagan Khoda spoke to me and said that I have been doing well and asked me to keep up the consistency,” Iyer added.
Meanwhile former Australia opener Mathew Hayden spoke about Ambati Rayudu. “Rayudu is my man. I can’t believe India is even questioning that. For so long, he has been so good. I don’t know why they are questioning, maybe because you need to speak about something before the World Cup.
“I don’t see Rahul taking that slot as much as I admire him. His time will come. And if anything he is more of a stand-by opener for me as opposed to the number four slot,” he told IANS.