Jaipur: The lone century-maker in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Ajinkya Rahane says that the support from all quarters is motivating him to raise the bar with each outing. Former greats like Sunil Gavaskar have been heaping praise on the youngster, with some even labelling him as a replacement for the recently-retired Rahul Dravid.
Rahane, who is the currently the 'Orange Cap' holder, is aware of the adulation and wants to continue with the job. "I don't feel it is adding up pressure but I feel it is rather a motivation for me. I want to continue in same fashion. It is also a challenge for me and it inspires me to try more and keep my performance level.
"I add value to my cricket. I hail from a middle class family and I am thankful for what cricket has given me. I want to remain as humble as I have been. I am also thankful to Rajasthan Royals who has given me the opportunity to perform," Rahane said. Like any aspiring cricketer, Rahane's dream is represent India in Test cricket.
Rajasthan Royals' opener Ajinkya Rahane is the only centurion and highest scorer of IPL 5 so far.
"I don't think about the things which are not in my control but playing for the country is dream of every cricketer and I also want to represent India in Tests. "I am not thinking about it because it is selectors' job. My job is to perform."
Talking about the astonishing six that he hit against Muttiah Muralitharan in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the youngster said it very satisfying. "Murli is a great bowler and I was playing him for the first time. The six I hit off him has given me more confidence and satisfaction. As far as the playing inside out is concerned it is the think-tank of the team which prepares the strategy and suggests possible target areas for batsmen.
"It is up to us to work it out. Some time it works and some time it doesn't. I am sticking mostly to cricketing shots and till they are producing runs I need not attempt anything else."