Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the Test team, is one of the leading players in international cricket. The right-handed batsman recently spoke about his Test debut.
When Rahane came out to bat in his first Test match in 2013, India had already lost three wickets against Australia. Seeing a nervous youngster playing in front of him, Sachin Tendulkar offered him a piece of advice, which is still there at the back of Rahane’s mind.
Tendulkar told him to enjoy the moment’ and forget about the pressure of performing well in the first game.
During his recent conversation with the former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta on ESPNCricinfo chat show Cricketbaazi, Rahane recalled the memories of his Test debut at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
“At that time, I didn’t know how to react, I had mixed emotions. It was, obviously, a special moment for me, but I was feeling a bit nervous and excited as well.”
“When I came down to bat, Sachin paaji was on the other side. He told me that ‘as a player, you want to do well on debut, and every game. But you need to forget all of this at this moment. Just enjoy the moment’. He gave me this advice. My debut match was not that great, but still, it was memorable for me,” the 32-year-old added.
Rahane played only 19 balls in the first innings and was dismissed for 7. He also failed in the second innings.
Explaining the reason behind his poor performance, Rahane said that it was challenging for him to bat in the middle-order.
“To bat at the middle-order was a bit challenging for me. I came to bat at number 6 position (no. 5 position, actually), and it was challenging. When you are batting at No. 6 in India, you know the ball gets old, and the fielders are standing backward.”