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Watson as cool and calm as Dravid, says Rahane

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Ajinkya Rahane.— Photo: PTI/BCCI
Ajinkya Rahane.— Photo: PTI/BCCI

Ajinkya Rahane rose to prominence while playing under Rahul Dravid with 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 here on Tuesday night. “They both have the ability to hold their nerve in pressure situations and take their own time in making the right decisions.”

Speaking to the IPL’s official website, Rahane said, “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.

“I am very happy for all the bowlers, particularly James Faulkner.

“He actually brought us back into the game with that three-wicket over,” Rahane added. Rahane said he was now relishing the role of a senior batsman in the Rajasthan Royals set-up, but credited Dravid a great deal for his transformation as a cricketer. — PTI

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