Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane expressed his determination to make the most of his return to the national team after an 18-month absence. Rahane, who recently played in the Indian Premier League (IPL), wants to approach the upcoming World Test Championship final against Australia with the same intent he had in the IPL.

Rahane, who played for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL, had a successful season and felt emotionally connected to his comeback. He received praise for his attacking batting and improved strike-rate, particularly his 61 runs off 27 balls against the Mumbai Indians. He aims to maintain the same mindset and intent, regardless of the format, emphasizing the importance of keeping things simple.

The cricketer also commended Rohit Sharma’s leadership during the World Test Championship cycle, acknowledging the positive team culture. Rahane expressed his belief that both Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid are effectively leading the team, creating a good atmosphere where everyone enjoys each other’s company.

MS Dhoni is known for creating such atmosphere for his players. He is the captain of Chennai Super Kings.

Rahane expressed gratitude towards his family and friends for their support during his time away from the national team. He emphasized the emotional significance of playing for India and the hard work he put into his fitness and domestic cricket during that period.

He attributed his successful comeback to enjoying every moment, learning from his experiences, and having no regrets. Rahane highlighted the importance of continuous growth as a cricketer and also expressed his eagerness to learn from his teammates in the Mumbai Ranji team.

Speaking about playing in England, Rahane acknowledged the challenges posed by the conditions. He emphasized the need for the right mindset, reading the situation, and playing session by session. In England, he stressed the significance of considering not only the pitch but also the weather.