‘In T20s, just watch the ball and hit it’: Ajinkya Rahane reveals Rahul Dravid’s advice

Written by Rohit Pawar

Ajinkya Rahane made a name for himself while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League under the tutelage of Rahul Dravid. Rahane has a strike rate of 113.39 in T20Is and he has been one of the reliable exponents in the Indian Premier League over the years.

In a recent interview with former cricketer Deep Dasgupta on ESPNCricinfo’s chat show ‘Cricetbaazi’, Rahane revealed an advice that he received from Dravid himself.

“He said it does not matter. He said in T20 cricket, one needs to just watch the ball and hit it. What matters is what is the impact of the shot, that’s it,” the batsman added.

Speaking on his batting style in the shortest format, Rahane further said: “I don’t try and copy anyone in T20 cricket. My cricketing shots are inside out, behind the bowler, and other shots I have developed.”

“I think if you are sure of your shots, you should back them. If I am playing 18 ball, I aim to see how I can get my strike rate to 150-160. After 6-14 overs, you need to break down, that if you play half balls, then how much runs you need to get on the board. For example. if I am batting after sixth over, I have to plan accordingly,” he added.

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