IPL 2013: Dravid and Warne are poles apart, says Ajinkya Rahane

Terming Rahul Dravid and Shane Warne 'as different as chalk and cheese', Rahane said he has learnt a lot under the two legends.

Reported by: Press Trust of India
Last updated on Friday, 05 April, 2013 14:04 IST
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New Delhi: He has played under the leadership of both Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid but according to Ajinkya Rahane, the style of captaincy of the two legends is as different as chalk and cheese.

"They (Warne and Dravid) are both legends but are entirely different captains. Rahul 'bhai' likes to keep things simple while leading the side, but Warne was always game about trying various new things. It was not as if he always expected it to work but he tried to experiment," said Rahane on Friday.

"Personally speaking, I have learnt a lot from Shane (Warne). But both Rahul Dravid and Shane have been equally approachable."

Interestingly, it was Warne who started calling him 'Jinks' -- a nickname by which he is known in the Indian dressing room.

"I guess he (Warne) found my name Ajinkya too tough to pronounce. So he made it Jinks. But Rahul bhai often calls me Ajju (a name he is referred to in the Mumbai cricketing circle)."

Rahane and his team Rajasthan Royals have never won a match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Rahane in particular had a forgettable Test debut.

"I don't look back at the past and try to live in the present. Obviously, I don't want to repeat the mistakes that I have made earlier. The game against Delhi last year was disappointing as we lost by just one run. We have learnt from our past mistakes and are ready to start from scratch," he said.

The ongoing IPL will be a platform to perform well and seal a berth in the Champions Trophy squad but the Mumbaikar is not looking that far ahead.

"We still have two months to go for the Champions Trophy. At this point of time, I am taking it one match at a time," Rahane said.

"It's all in the mind. You need to adapt to all situations. My main strength is to learn new things everyday but keep the basic things simple. Adjustments are important but your approach the game is the most crucial."

Lot of players use innovative shots in the Twenty20 format but Rahane feels that he can score by playing simple cricketing shots.

"Every batsman has his own style. My style is to keep things simple. My idols are Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and they have been successful playing proper cricket shots. I have a gameplan and I will stick to it."

By his own admission Rahane keeps learning from Dravid every day.

"I look at Rahul 'bhai' and find him to be so humble. He is still such a good student of the game," said Rahane.

Story first published on: Friday, 05 April 2013 14:00 IST

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