Indian cricket team in good spirit ahead of ICC Champions Trophy: Ajinkya Rahane

The Indian cricket team will start their title defence against Pakistan on June 4 but Ajinkya Rahane believes that the team is in a positive spirit and under no pressure ahead of the tournament.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: May 27, 2017 19:40 IST
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Ajinkya Rahane will be a part of the Indian cricket team in their ICC Champions Trophy campaign.(REUTERS)

Indian cricket team batsman Ajinkya Rahane said on Saturday that the team is in a perfect mood ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy that starts on June 1.

“It feels really good to be back here. I have got some good memories on this ground, especially winning the Test match here after such a long time and getting a hundred on a winning side was really special for me. Getting my name on that board always feels special and I think that knock is one my best knock in Test cricket,” Rahane told in an interview.

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“My first reaction was to look my name on the board and felt so happy to see my name there alongside such great names… Rahul (Dravid) bhai, Dilip Vengsarkar and such great names,” he added.

India will play two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in their first group game on June 4. However, Rahane said the team wasn’t taking too much pressure.

The last time India played on this ground, they had won a historic Test match after 28 years, beating England by 95 runs to take a 1-0 in the five-match series. Rahane had scored 103 before Bhuvneshwar Kumar (6/82 in the first innings) and Ishant Sharma (7/74 in the second innings) ran through the England batting order.

“The mood has been really good. We had a fantastic first practice session here at the Lord’s. All guys were looking forward to the practice session because many of them were playing for the first time on this ground. So you get such a great feeling when you play here. It’s a great culture for this sport.”

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“It’s great to see that boys are having fun on the tour while travelling for the practice sessions. It’s important to have fun while playing cricket as well because you cannot be serious all the time and each other’s success, enjoy each other’s company because all of us are playing together for a long time. It’s a great unit to be a part of,” he added.

Defending champions India lifted the Champions Trophy by beating England by five runs under MS Dhoni. It also completed the former skipper’s cabinet to lifting all the three ICC titles — WorldT20 in 2007, World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013.

First Published: May 27, 2017 17:12 IST