Rahane: Vice-captaincy role will not affect my batting

"As a vice-captain there will be responsibilities and I like to take responsibilities"

“As a vice-captain there will be responsibilities and I like to take responsibilities”

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Ajinkya Rahane was named India’s vice-captain for their upcoming tour of the West Indies in July, but he doesn’t feel the added responsibility will have an impact on his batting.

Rahane captained India during their limited overs tour of Zimbabwe in July last year and admitted that he learnt a lot from the experience and will look to use what he has learnt during the tour of the Caribbean.

“As a vice-captain there will be responsibilities and I like to take responsibilities,” Rahane told PTI. “When I toured Zimbabwe as a captain, I learned a lot from my team-mates, it was a good experience and we had won in Zimbabwe.

“There is certainly a sense of responsibility when going to the West Indies. I enjoy taking responsibilities and I will learn new things from this team and it will be important how I go ahead step by step… I don’t think that captaincy and vice-captaincy make any difference on batting.”

Rahane has not toured the West Indies since he was with the India A squad in 2012, but he is looking forward to the challenges of playing in different conditions than he is used to at home.

“I had toured the West Indies as part of India A around 3-4 years back, at that time the wickets were little slow,” Rahane said.”In international cricket, there will be different wickets. I have heard there is good bounce and pace in Barbados, Jamaica.

“At the same time, I feel the wickets may be spin-friendly. We will get the idea of the wickets once we go there. But it is an exciting tour in the West Indies. We are going with a young Test team. We have done well recently and so we are looking forward to the tour.”

Before the team departs for the Caribbean, Rahane revealed that he will speak to legendary India batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar about how to be successful in West Indian conditions.

“Whenever they (Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar) are available, I try and converse with them about each tours,” Rahane said. “Before going to the West Indies, if I can meet them, I will ask them about their experience, conditions and what kind of cricket is played there. If they are available, I will like to speak to them.”

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