After India trounced a toothless West Indies in the second one-dayer, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, in a post match interview, said that opener Ajinkya Rahane, in an attempt to glue his place in the limited over format, ends up taking too much pressure on himself.
Kohli feels that Rahane should consider every game as a normal game to do well. The mumbaikar, who was never really an ODI batsman, has been exceptionally good in the series and made the most of the opportunity to bat with Shikhar Dhawar, in Rohit Sharma’s absence. In the first game, he scored a 62 off 78 balls. He followed it up with a brilliant century from 103 balls in the next game.
“Jinx has been a part of the one-day setup for a while now. He is someone whom we thought had a great potential at the top of the order but when Rohit and Shikhar play so well at the opening slot, it cumulatively becomes a very powerful package for us. Having said that, we view Jinx as the third opener for us and having got the opportunity to bat in the series, he has done really well in the two innings.” Virat Kohli said.
Kohli went on to say that since Rahane is an established Test player, he builds pressure on himself to perform well in limited overs cricket too, and in the process, crumbles and gets dismissed. Kohli said that Rahane should play without pressure if he wants to keep delivering good performances. It can also be noted that the West Indies’ bowling attack is toothless, which is why Indian batsmen are flourishing in this series in the Caribbean Islands.
With Kohli’s backing and faith, however, Rahane may find himself a more permanent spot in colored clothing as well. India are currently leading the series.
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