“Incidentally, my number (sequence in the prize distribution) here is four… I really enjoy batting at No 4. That’s my favourite position,” Rahane mentioned in his opening handle on the Cricket Affiliation of Bengal’s (CAB) annual awards ceremony on the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
Rahane was the chief visitor on the CAB programme.
India could be tipped because the favourites to win the approaching Take a look at sequence within the West Indies, however Rahane mentioned that it will not be straightforward because the hosts are a harmful facet at dwelling and India need to respect them.
“We all know they are a dangerous and unpredictable team. I’m really looking forward to the series against the West Indies,” Rahane mentioned.
India will play two Checks within the Caribbean after three T20 internationals and as many one-dayers.
Rahane will probably be again with the Take a look at staff for the sequence which begins August 22.
“It is important to respect them and play our game as we’ve been playing, especially in Test cricket. For me, it’s important to give my best. I always focus on contributing for my team and I think I’m just going to do my best as well. Once I go there, I will give my 100 per cent,” he mentioned.
Rahane additionally spoke about coaching beneath his idol Rahul Dravid on the Bengaluru-based Nationwide Cricket Academy (NCA), because it’s pouring in Mumbai now.
“I’m actually doing my fitness training in Bengaluru because it’s raining heavily in Mumbai. I wanted to train outdoors under Rahul Dravid. I always follow him, he is one of my role models. I’m really happy that he’s in Bengaluru and am focusing on my fitness as well,” the Mumbai batsman mentioned.
On the World Take a look at Championship which kickstarted with the primary Ashes Take a look at on Thursday, Rahane mentioned: “Yes, it’s definitely something we all are looking forward to. Every Test match and every Test series are special. The best thing about this format is that you get to follow your routines every day. I’m really excited.”
Rahane additionally recalled his U-14 days when he performed his first huge match on the Eden Gardens.
“I’ve very special memory here. I played my first game here for West Zone in U-14 cricket,” he mentioned after making a gift of the annual prizes, together with the Lifetime Achievement Award to Arun Lal.
“Bengal have produced a lot of great cricketers, from Pankaj Roy to Jhulan Goswami, but the biggest role model is sitting among us — Sourav Ganguly. He completely transformed Indian cricket. We all have grown up following him. He’s been truly inspirational,” Rahane mentioned.