Rahane to train in Mumbai for England Tests

Despite being quite a decent performer in the limited overs set-up, Rahane has not been considered for selection in the ODI or T20 series.

India stand-in-skipper Ajinkya Rahane at a training session at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday.   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

 

Once the one-off Test against Afghanistan gets over, Ajinkya Rahane will have a bit of time in hand. While most of his team-mates will be travelling to Ireland for a T20 tour, followed by an ODI series against England, Rahane will be preparing himself at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai for the Test series against England.

“That’s what I always do before a tournament. I start my training in Mumbai,” Rahane said on Wednesday. While he admits that his immediate priority is to help India win the Test against Afghanistan, Rahane also made it clear that he would be having a word with the national selectors on how to go about the England series.

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There were reports that some of the Test specialists could be sent to England early for some match practice. But Rahane said he is not aware of it yet.

“I don’t know what will happen after this Test match but I will definitely have a word with the selectors,” the stand-in skipper stated.

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Despite being quite a decent performer in the limited overs set-up, Rahane has not been considered for selection in the ODI or T20 series— raising doubts over his participation in next year’s World Cup.

But the batsman is not too keen to think of all that. His focus, at the moment, is on the Test match.