My instinct says on the Indian ODI side I can make a comeback: Ajinkya Rahane.
Ajinkya Rahane, an Indian batsman, trusts his intuition to make an ODI comeback, a style he last played in February 2018. The 32-year-old said that he is mentally getting ready to play all three formats. "I 'm ready to bat at any ODI cricket spot, whether it's opening or No. 4 or whatever, I 'm ready. My instinct says yes, I want to make a comeback in ODI cricket," Rahane told former India wicket keeper Deep Dasgupta on an ESPNcricinfo chat show. "But we don't know when the time comes. Mentally I'm planning to play all the formats. It's all about being confident yourself and about your skills." It will be tougher than ever to make an ODI comeback considering the stiff competition. He will be batting comfortably at four but fellow Mumbaikar Shreyas Iyer has secured that spot for the moment. In Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan the team also has a settled opening pair. "I enjoyed opening the innings, but if asked to do so I don't mind batting at number 4. I enjoyed both roles," he said when asked which position he would prefer in ODI cricket. "It's very hard to open the innings unexpectedly and adapt to it after you've been batting at No. 4 for a while, which I had done. It's hard to say which position I prefer. I can do well in both," said Rahane, who played 90 ODIs. Rahane has also played in 65 Tests, the last being in February earlier this year during the New Zealand tour. He has also not been been a part of the Indian T20 team for nearly four years. Asked about his approach in cricket T20, he said, "I'm not trying to imitate anyone in cricket T20. My cricketing shots are inside out, behind the bowler and other shots I've been making. "I think you should back them, if you're sure of your shots. I want to see how I can get my strike rate to 150-160 "if I play 18 overs. Rahane said breakdown of T20 cricket innings is important. "For instance, I have to prepare accordingly if I'm fighting after sixth over. He said he got advice from the great Rahul Dravid that as long as the runs are coming, it doesn't matter whether a shot looks good or not. "Sometimes the shots you play in T20s don't look good. But Rahul bhai told me not to bother about what the shots look like, whether it's bad or looks bad from outside. He said it does not matter. He said in T20 cricket, one needs to watch the ball and hit it," he added.