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Ajinkya Rahane will be touring the West Indies for the first time with the national team and he is aiming to make his presence felt early on.
Rahane has been to the Caribbean before with the India A team, but having made the transition up to the first team, he knows that it will be crucial to start the tour on a positive note.
Furthermore, Rahane added that he will not be underestimating the West Indies even though they currently sit in eighth place on the ICC Test team rankings.
“This is actually my second tour to West Indies, first time I was with India A team, but with the Indian team it is my first time and I am really excited about this tour. I’m looking forward [to it] and I have prepared myself really well,” he said. “I am sure it will be challenging because West Indies is a decent team. We will give respect to them and it is important to start well in the series.”
The 28-year-old will have an added responsibility during the West Indies tour as he has been appointed as vice-captain. Despite being Virat Kohli’s second-in-command, Rahane does not feel it will affect his game in any way.
“It is a good responsibility as a vice-captain and I love facing challenges and love taking responsibility, so its not pressure, not added pressure but I think responsibility will bring best out of me,” he said. “As you mentioned about the last Zimbabwe tour (in 2015), I really learnt a lot as a captain in Zimbabwe from my teammates, from opponents, and as a captain you know how to back your players, support your players, whatever happens as a captain, you have to take all the responsibility and I really learnt from that tour.”