'Feeling confident batting-wise, don't want to think too far ahead' - Ajinkya Rahane ahead of West Indies Tests

"I am enjoying my cricket and my batting at the moment. I don’t want to think far ahead. As of now, every match is important," Rahane said.

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After a one-month hiatus, India will return to cricketing action when they take on the West Indies in their multi-format tour starting with the first Test at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Dominica from July 12. India will play a two-match Test series followed by three ODIs and five T20Is. 

Ahead of the first Test, India skipper Rohit Sharma took on the role of a reporter and questioned his deputy Ajinkya Rahane at the press conference. Rahane was questioned about his experience in the West Indies and what would be his advice to the youngsters in the squad. The veteran responded by saying it's crucial for batters to be patient while playing in the Caribbean nation.

Team India took to its official Instagram handle to share a short video of the press conference in which Rahane was seen responding to the skipper's queries. "𝘿𝙊 𝙉𝙊𝙏 𝙈𝙄𝙎𝙎! When #TeamIndia Captain @rohitsharma45 turned reporter in Vice Captain @ajinkyarahane’s press conference," Indian Cricket team captioned the post.

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I'm still young, and have a lot of cricket left in me: Rahane

Rahane, who turned 35 earlier in June, said that he is still young and has a lot of cricket left in him. He stated that he is confident of his batting ability and is highly focused as every match is significant for him.

“Batting wise, I am feeling quite confident. In the last year and a half, I have worked quite a bit on my fitness. I have worked on some areas of my batting as well. I am enjoying my cricket and my batting at the moment. I don’t want to think far ahead. As of now, every match is important - personally and from the team point of view as well. I am focusing on that,” Rahane said.

The Maharashtra-born cricketer had a stellar Indian Premier League 2023 campaign with the champions Chennai Super Kings, which led to his Test recall for the World Test Championship final after being out of the Test setup for over 17 months. He was India's leading run-scorer in the WTC final against Australia in a losing cause. Following the summit clash, Rahane, who was deputy to Virat Kohli in the past, was reappointed as India's vice-captain for the West Indies series. 

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