New Delhi: He has been trying to establish himself at the international level, but Ajinkya Rahane is not really losing his sleep over selection in the Indian team and is happy focusing on his game only.
"I don't think much about selection, my focus is just on the controllable. I just focus on my game and work hard to improve," said Rahane, who represents Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
"I don't have to prove anything, I play cricket because it is my passion," the youngster added. Rahane credited his recent success in the IPL to the team mentor and role model, Rahul Dravid.
"I have learnt a lot from Dravid. Even after achieving a high in his career he has never gone out of way, how he conducts himself and handles himself is really great to see," Rahane said on the sidelines of a function here on Friday.
"I had a lot of discussion with him during the camp ahead of the IPL, he advised me not to think about the numbers and just enjoy the game and that has really worked well in my
favour," the Mumbai lad added.
The batsman has so far scored 332 runs in this IPL at a strike rate of over 140, with his best being the unbeaten 103 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Rahane, who likes to play with a straight bat, meanwhile said, he didn't feel any pressure in adapting to different versions of the game.
"If you have good technique you can adapt to all three formats of the game," he said. Asked why he avoids playing the switch hits and the scoops, like Kevin Pietersen and AB de Villiers, the 23-year-old said, "I don't want to copy anyone, I just play the game my way and probably I have not felt the need to play an unorthodox shot so far."
And what was the mantra behind the team's success despite the absence of some big names, Rahane said, "Cricket is a team game, a single individual can't win you a game, besides Dravid has maintained a great balance in the side so far."