Asia Cup: Ajinkya Rahane excels as opener but eyes No. 4 slot in World Cup

Despite scoring a fifty as an opener in the Asia Cup match against Afghanistan, Ajinkya Rahane finds batting at No. 4 challenging and wants to cement his place in that slot for future tournaments.

Updated: March 06, 2014 13:13 IST
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Mirpur: Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday, played the role of an opener against Afghanistan but the Indian batsman wants to perform well in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup while batting at number four, a batting position he finds more challenging.

Rahane scored 56 runs and added 121 runs with fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan in an easy chase of 160 against the minnows. (Match report | Scorecard)

"As an opener, you get first 10 overs, and new ball. I like to back my instincts and play my shots. At No 4, sometimes situation is like 30 for 2 or 40 for 2 and sometimes it's like 120 or 150/2. You have to play under different situations when you bat at No 4. It's very crucial to rotate the strike and play your shots, back your instincts. No 4 is really a challenging position," Rahane told reporters.

"In T20 and domestic, I used to open. I am learning a lot at No 4. With World Cup coming up, I'm looking forward to this challenge," he added.

Pakistan's win against Bangladesh on Tuesday had already sealed India's fate in the Asia Cup. They signed off with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Afghanistan with 106 balls to spare.

Hailing the bowlers effort to bundle out Afghanistan for a paltry 159, he said: "It always feels good when you score runs. But we're obviously disappointed that could not qualify. Overall, we played two close games. Credit goes to bowlers. it's not easy to bowl on these condition."

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