Captaincy came as a surprise to me - Ajinkya Rahane
Indian batsman, Ajinkya Rahane, who has been selected to lead the side in the series against Zimbabwe, admitted that he was surprised with the captaincy role assigned to him.
The Indian selectors, decided to rest senior players like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli among others, while handing over the reins of the team to Rahane.
Aware of his capabilities, Rahane opined that he gained the confidence from the experience of playing at the highest level for the last few years.
“I know how capable I am and I believe in myself. I have learned a lot from whatever cricket I have played in the last 4-5 years," said Rahane in an interview to The Board of Control for Cricket in India's official website.
“I wasn't thinking about the captaincy.
"I didn't know about it. It came as a surprise, but whatever domestic and international cricket I've played gave me confidence.
“I am a very hardworking guy. I always want to be the best in the world and I know my capabilities.”
Rahane, has the experience of captaincy from the days when he was leading the Mumbai Under-19 side, while he has a wealth of experience playing under captains like Rahul Dravid and Dhoni.
The 27-year-old, looks to draw a particular quality from each of the captain, he has played under – the calmness of Dhoni, the aggression of Kohli and finally the simplicity of Dravid.
“Playing under Dhoni, I observed how he would be calm on the field.
"He has a very peculiar and calm way of handling situations. I would like to take that quality from him.
“What I would like to take from Kohli would be controlled aggression.
"You can see that quality in his batting and his captaincy.
“And finally, Rahul bhai is someone who likes to keep things really simple on the field, which I got to know while playing under him with the Rajasthan Royals.”
Rahane will lead a side that consists of players like Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa, who will look to make a comeback, whereas there will be names like Kedar Jadhav and Sandeep Sharma, who will be keen to make an impression.
Asserting that he will always lead by example, Rahane opined that his approach will be to back the players as he gives them confidence.
Rahane also feels that the lack of senior players will pose a challenge while he stated that he will not take Zimbabwe lightly.
“As a captain I believe it is always important to back your players and give them confidence. I want to lead by example and be positive at all times.
“It is a challenge to lead a side that doesn't have the services of the seniors, but every international tour is challenging.
“We take every opposition seriously and Zimbabwe is no different.”
India will tour Zimbabwe for three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals which kicks-off on 10th July.
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