With four back to back half-centuries and 288 runs in Champions League Twenty20 for Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane has pushed his case for selection in the limited overs set-up. In a chat with The Indian Express, the Mumbai opener talks about how he has stuck to an orthodox approach even in T20s and how after a talk with Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton, he has now become a calmer cricketer. Excerpts
On the run of 50s
* It is a nice feeling because it's hard to be consistent in T20. It's not easy to score back to back fifties in four games but I always felt that if you need to be in the reckoning then you need to be consistent. Consistency has been my plus point.
On sticking to orthodox shots
* I know my limitations and my strength is to play straight. I never tried to play any unorthodox shot because I was never taught that way. In school and club cricket, we were coached to play straight. Playing a cross batted shot during my childhood means I could break my bat. I can't afford that, you know, bats are expensive. If I can score by playing straight than why try things you aren't confident about.
On role of support staff
* Credit should go to Paddy Upton and Rahul bhai (Dravid). Earlier I used to think a lot. I would wonder why this happened and why something was not happening. I was restless. They told me that I need to divert myself and not think too much about cricket. I started reading books. I now listen to music before batting. In the Royals dressing room, I play some table tennis before each game. It helps me to be fresh and focus better.
On Dravid's influence
* I spoke to Dravid a few times and he made me understand a few things. He told me it's very important what attitude you carry, how much hardwork you do in the nets. He remembered his days when he was dropped from the Indian team but that never changed his attitude. He said if I keep my same work ethics and attitude, everything will follow. It is just matter of time.
On waiting for India turn
* My time will come and I don't want sympathies. I'm still young and age is on my side. I had a decent year so far, my Test debut might have