Removed from the arclights and perks of being an India Check captain, the Mumbai skipper has launched into a journey of self discovery, with none particular vacation spot.
He feels it’s working properly for him as 532 runs in 5 Ranji video games, with a prime rating of 204 and a mean of 76, would counsel.
“I was thinking about old times and when I first came into Ranji team (back in 2007). How I used to play, what was my thought process. I have gone back to the drawing board and I am trying to be the Ajinkya what I used to be in my initial days,” Rahane advised PTI throughout an interplay on the eve of Mumbai’s penultimate Ranji Trophy recreation in opposition to arch-rivals Delhi.
“The idea is to keep things simple,” he added.
Having been out of favour because the tour of South Africa early final 12 months, Rahane admitted to having led to some modifications in his approach.
“Small changes obviously. You have to evolve continuously as a player and continue to work and improve upon your strategies.
“No main modifications however small modifications, talent sensible, now I’ve to be within the second considering for Mumbai and doing properly for them. That is on my thoughts utterly.”
He also reminded that he can’t be selfish and only think about his own batting.
“I’m not considering an excessive amount of about my very own batting however preparation issues so much to me. Preparation has been actually good even earlier than Ranji season,” said the 34-year-old who has played 82 Tests, 90 ODIs and 20 T20Is.
Having experienced the high of international cricket, Rahane understands Prithvi Shaw‘s ecstacy at getting an India recall (in T20Is) and Sarfaraz Khan getting ignored after back-to-back 900-run seasons.
So what is his advice for Prithvi or Sarfaraz ahead of an important Ranji game.
“My recommendation to them could be easy. Management the controllables and never dwell on issues that aren’t in your palms. Simply attempt to be within the second and never assume too far forward,” said Rahane.
He knows how setbacks affect players and as a Mumbai skipper, his “door stays open” for a chat with any player. He will also be there if anyone wants a sounding board.
“You must put your arm round guys who’re going by tough patch. Vital to present them freedom to specific themselves not solely on the sector but additionally off the sector.
“The individual can come to me and talk to me about anything that’s going on in his personal life,” the skipper mentioned.
He had a 400-plus stand with Shaw within the final recreation in opposition to Assam by which the latter scored an outstanding 379.
“Obviously, Prithvi we all know is an attacking player. He likes to take on the bowler every time.
“If you play a knock like 379, it will be significant not solely to regulate that aggression and intent to play the shot but additionally your intent to depart the ball and defend. His dedication was nice to see from the opposite finish,” he concluded.