India’s stand-in skipper for the upcoming Test match against Afghanistan, Ajinkya Rahane, reckons that he will sit and have a word with national selectors about his short-term future in the Indian team. Rahane has been dropped from the limited-overs squad that will travel to England next month.
As the Indian cricket team gear up to face Afghanistan in the latter's debut Test match, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane still remained in the dark about his future in the Indian national team. Rahane was not included in the limited-overs squad that will travel to England next month to play three ODIs and three T20Is respectively. In a recent interview with Zee, Rahane revealed that he will sit and have a talk with the Indian selection committee about his role with the national team post the Afghanistan Test match.
"See, I don't know what's going to happen after this Test match. But yeah, I will definitely have a word with the selectors. But I will start my preparation in Mumbai as I always do at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). I always prepare intensely before each and every series but as of now the focus on this Test match. Each and every Test counts and we need to win this one," Rahane said.
Rahane, who made his ODI debut in 2011 against England has played 90 ODIs and 20 T20Is for the senior team. But of late, the Mumbai-born batsman has found himself on the periphery of coach Ravi Shastri’s plans as far as the limited-overs format was concerned.
Rahane also spoke about the Afghanistan match and emphasized that India will go into the game looking for a win against a strong Afghanistan who just won a three-match T20I series against Bangladesh last week.
"We are not going to take Afghanistan lightly. They have a decent team...Bowlers (are good). As a Test team, we cannot take anyone for granted because cricket is a funny game. We want to go out there and be ruthless. Yes, we respect them as our opponents but it's important for us to go out there and give more than our 100. We just need to be ruthless," Rahane added.