Ajinkya Rahane, one of the finest opening and top-order batsmen in Indian Cricket Team reveals and recalls the mixed emotions full of nervousness and excitement when asked about memorable moment of his career to have played against Australia during ‘Cricketbaazi’ one of the chat shows hosted by Deep Dasgupta on ESPNCricinfo.
The young cricketer from Mumbai, recalls the moment when he made his debut in the Test Cricket at number 5 for India in a tight situation of 148 runs for three wickets with Sachin Tendulkar on the other end at Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi, in 2013 against Australia.
Rahane recalls that he was nervous to ensure that he performs and Sachin just didn’t miss to see that on his face to decide and walk-up to him to advise him.
Rahane says, “When I went down to bat, Sachin paaji was on the other side. He told me that ‘as a player, you want to do well on debut, and every game. But you need to forget all of this at this moment. Just enjoy the moment”
32-year old Rahane, who has generally either opened or played in the top batting order for India in the one-day internationals, admits that playing in the middle order for his test debut came out to be challenging and was a new experience for him.
Revealing further that the match was surely won by India while Rahane merely scored a 7 and 1 in the two innings after facing 19 balls in the first innings followed by a 5 in the second one.
Rahane admits, irrespective of his performance in the match, getting to have played with Sachin Tendulkar himself, his advice on enjoying the moment came out to be the most memorable moments of his career.
He further says “I was just enjoying my batting at the time. I am playing for India and I am going to do it for my country. That was all I had in my mind,”
He also admits having hardly thought of anything else apart from Cricket as the game itself has made his life and helped him to touch new horizons in life.