Rahane last played white-ball cricket for India in the ODI series against South Africa this March. He hit 79-run knock in the first ODI before following it up with scores of 11, 8, 8 and 34 in his subsequent innings. His last T20I appearance came all the way back in 2016 against the West Indies.
Despite being ignored for selection for some time now, the Mumbai batsman believes he can make a comeback in white-ball cricket.
“I don’t think that this (being left out of the ODI and T20I squads) is affecting me. The important thing is to believe in your abilities. I am aware of my capabilities and how good I am. It is all about believing in yourselves, rather than thinking about things that are not in your control,” Rahane said in an interview with Cricketnext.
“It is part and parcel of a professional cricketer’s life. I know I can make a comeback and I have really done well in the shorter formats in the past. I think, right now, the important thing is to practice hard and go out there and enjoy myself. For me, it is important to serve my country, be it any format. It is important to contribute to my team’s cause and do well for my country,” he added.
The batsman is currently training in Mumbai in preparation of the Test series against England where he will play a crucial role in India’s middle-order.
“The conditions there help the ball move a bit – depending upon the weather. If it is cloudy, the ball moves a bit and if it’s sunny then the wickets are pretty good to bat on. I want to cover each and every aspect of batting, so that I am able to tackle any type of condition which we will be facing in England and do well there,” Rahane said about his ongoing preparation for the tour.
Finch’s world-record 172 in a round-robin clash against the hosts was among notable contributions during the tri-series. That display has seen the Aussie jump three spots to the No1 position in the ranking.
The Pakistan opener was in outstanding touch throughout the tournament and his career-best 91 in the final against Australia on Sunday led his side to a six-wicket win.
Australia's @AaronFinch5 is the first player ever to hit 900 points in the @MRFWorldwide ICC T20I Rankings! 🙌— ICC (@ICC) July 9, 2018
Meanwhile, Pakistan's @FakharZamanLive is up 4️⃣4️⃣ places to second! 💪
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The right-handed batsman was on song at the start of India’s T20 series in England where he registered an unbeaten 101 in the opener at Manchester.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has dropped to the fifth spot in the table after missing the tri-series due injury. He lies behind New Zealand’s Colin Munro who dropped down to fourth and ahead of Australia’s Glenn Maxwell who occupies the sixth spot.
In the bowling department, wrist-spinners continue to rule the roost with the top-five positions all held by them. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan continues to be the top-ranked bowler ahead of Pakistan’s Shadab Khan. New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi occupies the third spot ahead of India’s Yuzvendra Chahal in fourth.
West Indies’ Samuel Badree rounds up the top-five ahead of Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner in the sixth spot.
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