Tejas Rathi ∙ Sep 8 2022, 5:30 AM | 2 Min Read

Duleep Trophy 2022: Ajinkya Rahane hopes to find his lost touch for India comeback

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The veteran batter Ajinkya Rahane is focused on producing strong performances in domestic tournaments to earn his place back in the Indian side.

Rahane will be seen leading the West Zone in the Duleep Trophy opener starting Thursday (8 September) against North-East Zone. 

Lately, the 34-year-old went out of favour with the Indian selectors due to his poor run of form for the Test team. In his last appearance during the South Africa Tour earlier this year, Rahane could accumulate only 136 runs at an average of 22.66. 

Afterwards, the elegant batter was not named in the Test squad for the Sri Lanka series and a one-off red-ball match against England either. 

"See, I believe in following my processes. Right now, my focus is on the Duleep Trophy and doing well for the West zone team and we will see what happens in future," said Rahane. 

"Playing one game at a time. Coming back after injury, the focus on what is in hand rather than the future. Looking forward to doing well."

Tough Road ahead for Ajinkya Rahane

The fighting comeback of Cheteshwar Pujara into the Test team, will surely have inspired Rahane to garner runs in a consistent manner for a place in the middle-order. 

However, as time progressed, the selectors have opted to trust the chosen batch of players for a prolonged period. 

The consistency of Sarfaraz Khan and Abhimanyu Easwaran in the domestic circuit have also been exemplary, and they will stake a strong claim for selection as well. 

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