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Watson as cool and calm as Dravid: Rahane

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Ajinkya Rahane rose to prominence while playing under Rahul Dravid in Rajasthan Royals and the right-handed batsman feels current skipper Shane Watson is as “cool and calm headed” as his predecessor.

“He (Watson) has been wonderful. In so many ways he is very similar to Rahul bhai as captain. Like him, Shane too is very calm in the middle and makes his decisions with a cool head,” Rahane said after playing a key role in Rajasthan’s thrilling Super Over win against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL-7 here on Tuesday night.

“They both have the ability to hold their nerves in pressure situations and take their own time in making the right decisions.”

Batting first, Rahane smashed 72 off 59 balls to help Rajasthan post 152 for five on the board.

“What a game! Absolutely nail-biting. I am elated with the team’s performance. Everybody held their nerve in tense conditions. The credit goes to the bowlers for the way they pulled the game in our favour in the end overs,” Rahane was quoted as saying by IPL’s official website.

“I am very happy for all the bowlers, particularly James Faulkner. He absolutely deserves his Man of the Match award, which is a great birthday present for him,” Rahane said.

Rahane said he is now relishing the role of a senior batsman in the Rajasthan Royals set-up, but credits Dravid a great deal for his transformation as a cricketer.PTI


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