Thursday 4 September 2014 

Comeback From Test Losses Pleases Rahane

Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who has scored centuries in both the Test and One-Day International series against England, says the way the side has bounced back in the ODIs has been very pleasing.

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Rahane scored 103 to help set up a 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's only for India to lose the remaining three matches.

However, it has been a different story in the ODIs, where India lead 3-0 with Rahane's contribution including 106 in the fourth match at Edgbaston.

"After the Test (series) loss, we were really hurt and it was a tough time for us, but the way we came back and the way we played in ODI (One Day International) cricket, so I think that was really great," Rahane said.

"We just want to play good cricket in the next game and we don't want to change our approach for the next ODI," he added.

Rahane's innings in Birmingham was his maiden ODI century and he described his approach once he got himself in against the England bowlers.

"It was really special because after... two fourties in the first two ODIs, the way I got out, very cheaply... I was really hurt and I couldn't sleep after the first game because the way I got out - stumped - and that was a very silly mistake of mine.

"So I was really determined in the third ODI (the fourth game of the series after the first was washed out) and once I reached 40 I knew how to approach the next ten runs and after that I just backed my instincts and played my shots."

He added that regardless of the result of the Test series, he has learnt a huge amount from the experience of touring England.

"Really important, I mean at first obviously we played five Test matches. That was a great experience and now ODI cricket.

"Playing against England is always a great feeling and you get to learn many things overseas and playing against this attack is always a great experience and I really learned a lot."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs