‘Sachin Tendulkar was on the different end once I came out to bat’: Ajinkya Rahane recollects Test debut

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For each cricketer, a Test debut is likely one of the most memorable moments of their careers. All the laborious work and sacrifices over time appear justified when a cricketer will get their Test cap from the team captain. it hardly issues whether or not a player will get to carry out on the large stage on the first go along with all of the butterflies in the abdomen. It actually goes down as a moment that a cricketer remembers perpetually. For India batsman Ajinkya Rahane, his debut was a memorable one as nicely. And it was none apart from Sachin Tendulkar himself who adviced the younger Mumbai cricketer to benefit from the moment.

In a latest chat with former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta on his ESPNCricinfo chat show Cricketbaazi, Rahane recalled his Test debut against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi in 2013.

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“I didn’t know the way to react, I used to be feeling combined feelings. It was, clearly, a exceptional moment for me, however I used to be a bit feeling nervousness and pleasure as nicely,” Rahane mentioned.

Rahane came all the way down to bat after India went three wickets down for 148 and Sachin Tendulkar was batting on the opposite end. Seeing a nervous teenager in entrance of him, Tendulkar gave him an recommendation that Rahane still remembers to today. “When I went all the way down to bat, Sachin paaji was on the opposite side. He informed me that ‘as a player, you need to do nicely on debut, and each game. But it’s worthwhile to overlook all of this at this moment. Just benefit from the moment’. He gave me this recommendation. My debut match was not that significant, but it surely was memorable,” Rahane mentioned.

The batsman played 19 balls in the first innings in the match and was dismissed for 7. He may only play 5 balls in the second innings however may only score a single. But India still went on to win the encounter by six days. Rahane, who had previously always played on the high order for his team, mentioned that it was bit difficult for him adjusting to bat on the middle-order.

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“To bat on the middle-order was a bit difficult. I bat at no. 6 place (no. 5 place, truly), and it was difficult. When you might be batting at no. 6 in India, you recognize the ball will get previous, and the fielders are standing backwards.

“When you might be somebody who has opened all of your life, then I undoubtedly wanted to make an adjustment. But on the time, how troublesome is the scenario didn’t even undergo my head on the time. I used to be simply get pleasure from my batting on the time. I’m playing for India and I’m going to do it for my nation. That was all I had in my thoughts,” the batsman mentioned.


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