Ajinkya Rahane Talks About His Competition With Shikhar Dhawan

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Rohit Sharma has scored 1593 ODI runs in 28 innings, averaging 66.37. However, Finch committed a mistake of first-change bowler, Hardik Pandya, to give India a breakthrough in the 12th over.

The right-handed batsman has been among the runs in the just-concluded five-match ODI series against Australia.

The all-rounder pulled India out of a hole with a whirlwind knock in Kolkata down the order and in the next two matches capitalised the opportunity to bat at No. 4 with useful innings. As a result, despite emerging as the "man-of-the-series" in the West Indies, Ajinkya Rahane had to be benched for the following series in Sri Lanka once Rohit Sharma returned.

Despite much hard work and toil, Shikhar Dhawan will take his place back in the limited overs format and Rahane misses out on the 15-man T20 squad completely.

Mumbai: Two fifties, a hundred, leading run-getter of the India versus Australia ODI series. Both Hazlewood and teammate Mitchell Starc share the 2nd and 3rd spot respectively in the ODI rankings table.

The selectors' and the team management's decision to move on from R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for white-ball cricket had raised lots of eyebrows ahead of the series. It was in my mind to contribute, I shared three 100-run stands with Rohit (Sharma) and our aim was to give a good start to the team.

In the ODI bowlers rankings, young left-arm spinner Akshar Patel has reached a career best seventh position after moving up three places while wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (up 24 places to 75th) and Kuldeep Yadav (up nine places to 80th) have also moved northwards. Whoever has got the opportunity, has come in and performed. "In the future series if I get a chance I will convert the 50s into 100s", he said.

Ajinkya Rahane said that his focus is only on giving his best for the team and enjoy his game.

"It is a proud moment for all of us". Although, the Indian team had already won the series with its victory in the third match last week. Rohit and Virat (Kohli) have always performed well.

While the Australians saw Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey completing the formalities, the visitors would be ruing the lack of either of its opening batsmen to repeat the heroics of Sharma and Rahane. They helped India cross 200 in the 37th over, making batting look easy on a pitch where Australian batsmen struggled to get going. The fact that all of us get a chance and perform is a good sign. "If you have to win the 2019 World Cup, then you have to test your bench strength", said Rahane.

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