QUICK SIN­GLES: AJINKYA RA­HANE, AN­A­LYSED

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Cap­taincy not on his mind

At the mo­ment it isn’t im­por­tant. My fo­cus is on do­ing well for In­dia in all for­mats. Even on the field, I don’t like to con­fuse Vi­rat. I may give my in­puts dur­ing the lunch break or af­ter the day’s game.

Chang­ing gears from Tests to ODIs to T20

There are no big changes needed tech­ni­cally. I work on my bat­ting day by day, ses­sion by ses­sion. I have added the re­verse sweep to my reper­toire for T2O matches. That is some­thing I prac­tise a lot in the nets. I played a cou­ple of re­verse sweeps against Sri Lanka when I got my hun­dred. I’ve been train­ing with Praveen Amre sir. When you prac­tise alone, there are chances of mak­ing some small mis­takes.

On his goal of be­com­ing the world’s best bats­man

The process is al­ways very im­por­tant. If you fo­cus on the small things be­fore and af­ter the game, be­fore the tour and af­ter the tour, you take small steps to­wards your goal.

His non-cricket idol

Roger Fed­erer. He isn’t im­pul­sive. He doesn’t let any dif­fi­culty faze him.

5 songs on Jinx's playlist

Mal­hari, from Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani Hall of Fame, by The Script A Sky Full of Stars, by Cold­play Su­per­heroes, by The Script Zehnaseeb, by Shekhar Ravjiani

On his book shelf

Open, the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of An­dre Agassi Amish’s Shiva tril­ogy

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