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Ajinkya Rahane has scored a double century in Ranji season 2022-23.
Rahane has also played an inning of 191 runs against Assam recently.

New Delhi. Ajinkya Rahane is ‘trying’ to become the batsman he was in his younger days. The Mumbai skipper, who captained the Indian team, has embarked on a journey of self-discovery and Rahane feels it is working for him as he has scored 532 runs at an average of 76 in five Ranji matches this season. In which 204 runs was his best score. Rahane, who was dropped from the Indian team for the tour of South Africa early last year, admitted that he has made some changes in his technique.

On the eve of the Ranji Trophy match against arch-rivals Delhi, Ajinkya Rahane said during a conversation with PTI, “I was thinking about the old times. When I came in the Ranji team for the first time (in 2007). How I used to play, what was my thought process. I am planning again and I am trying to be the Ajinkya that I used to be in my early days.

He said, “I just want to keep things simple.” Small changes of course. You have to keep developing as a player and keep working on your strategies and improving.” Rahane said, “No big changes but small changes, skill wise, now I have to think for Mumbai and do well for them. That’s exactly what’s on my mind.”

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He said that he cannot be selfish and cannot think only about his batting. The 34-year-old player, who played 82 Tests, 90 ODIs and 20 T20 matches for India, said, “I am not thinking much about my batting but preparation matters a lot to me.” The preparation has been very good even before the Ranji season.

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Rahane understands Prithvi Shaw’s joy at his return to the T20I squad after experiencing top-level international cricket, as well as Sarfaraz Khan’s neglect despite scoring over 900 runs in two consecutive seasons. What advice does he have for Prithvi or Sarfaraz ahead of an important Ranji match?

When asked, Rahane said, “My advice to him would be simple. Control the things that can be controlled and don’t focus on the things that are not in your hands. Just try and be in the present moment and don’t think too far ahead.”

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