Indian Test vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane is “very much hopeful” of getting a place in India’s World Cup squad. India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, a while back had indicated that Ajinkya Rahane could be India’s back-up opener at the World Cup. But Rahane was not picked in the any of the limited-overs squads to face Australia at home. The home series against Australia will be India’s final international assignment before the World Cup.

“I am aggressive as a batsman but by nature, I am quite shy. I prefer to let my bat speak but sometimes it’s important to speak the truth… I have believed the team always comes first and I have always respected the team management and the selectors’ decision and I will continue to do that. But in the end, it is important that your performance is recognised as well. See the point that I am trying to make is that if as a player I have always played for the team, then I deserve chances more consistently. That’s the least I am asking,” Rahane said.

“If you see the last three-four series, my average was around 45 to 50. Yes, after that I was dropped and I went back to domestic cricket and I feel I have done reasonably well,” he added.

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