Have entire team's backing; welcome Dhoni feedback: Rahane

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2015 21:47 IST

Although India's ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's critical comments about Ajinkya Rahane's batting in 50-over format may have raised a lot of eyebrows, the stand-in captain for the team's tour of Zimbabwe later this month has decided to take his senior's feedback in a "positive manner and move on".

Rahane was dropped from India's ODI playing XI for two matches in the series in Bangladesh and Dhoni had said that the Mumbai batsman has "problems in rotating the strike in slow sub-continental conditions." But he was named captain in barely a week's time.

"Dhoni bhai gave me a feedback and I took it in a positive manner and I have moved on. Bangladesh tour is past for me. My aim is to be more consistent in ODIs as it's all in the mind," Rahane told mediapersons at the pre-departure press conference of the Indian cricket team on Monday, ahead of their short five-match limited overs series in Zimbabwe.

“I have seen the conditions on the field and inside the dressing room. It is how you play as a team that matters at the end," he added.

Rahane earlier admitted he was stunned to be named captain after being dropped for the Bangladesh tour. In naming Rahane the skipper of a depleted 15-member squad that will play three one-dayers and two Twenty20 games during the nine-day tour that begins July 10, national selectors gave an eloquent thumbs down to Dhoni for his comments.

Rahane also said that he did not believe in classifying players into "seniors and juniors".

"There is nothing called senior or junior in a team. All the 15 players are equally important and they should all believe in their abilities. I have the backing of all the players. As a captain, I have my own set of ideas and will like to back my instincts," said Rahane, who has already played 15 Tests, 55 ODIs and 11 T20 Internationals for India.

He was all praise for senior pro Harbhajan Singh, who has made a comeback into ODIs after a moderately successful Test comeback against Bangladesh and said that he would seek his advice. "Bhajjupa (nickname) has been a star performer for India. I am very happy for him and obviously I will seek his advice whenever I need it as he has so much of experience."

The stylish right-hander is confident that the team would come up trumps and are prepared to put up a good show.

"We always have 100 percent preparation for any tour. We will not like to think about past (Bangladesh) and stick to present moment. We have a very good team. We will do well in Zimbabwe and win the series."

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav along with Dhoni and Test skipper Virat Kohli have been rested.

Rahane has played 55 ODIs and scored 1,593 runs at an average of 30.63.

(With inputs from PTI)

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