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I’m happy people are talking about me: Rahane

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Leeds: India vice captain Ajinkya Rahane on Monday dismissed criticism he and Cheteshwar Pujara faced for slow batting during the Lord’s Test against England, saying they have played long enough to know what suits the team’s interest.

Rahane even laughed off the flak they faced on social media by saying that only “important people” are talked about.

Rahane (61 off 146 balls) and Pujara (45 off 206) took nearly 50 overs to add 100 runs in their partnership.

“I am happy that people are talking about me. I have always believed that people talk about important people, so I am not too concerned about that. It’s all about contribution for the team,” Rahane said ahead of the third Test, starting here on Wednesday.

Asked again if criticism motivates him, he said, “Everything motivates me. playing for the country motivates me. I am not bothered about criticism.”

Pujara took 35 balls to get off the mark at Lord’s but his slow innings along with that of Rahane’s eventually did not hurt India, with the visitors winning the match by a whopping 151 runs.

Rahane, in the context of the win, said that he was pleased with the way he played.

“I always believed in contribution and that contribution was satisfying.

“You think about your own game but team performance is ultimate. You think about your methods, your good innings and what suits you but ultimately whatever team needs we focus on that.”

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