Manchester: Having quietly cemented his place as India's middle-order mainstay, Ajinkya Rahane yesterday said he has gained a lot from borrowing a trick or two from stylish Hyderabad batsman VVS Laxman.
Coming in at No 5, Rahane has showed the same bit of maturity that Laxman once displayed during the latter part of his 16-year-long international career.
'Learnt observing VVS'
"When batting at No 5 you have more time in your hands. I noticed how Laxman paaji made the optimal use of time. He used to come to the dressing room, relax, take a shower and take a brief nap.
I learnt from him how important it is that during this time when you are waiting for your turn to bat," Rahane was quoted as saying by www.bcci.tv.
If the match-winning century at Lord's was not enough to prove his credentials in the middle-order then his two fifties in a losing cause at Southampton also highlighted his rise as a player.
Rahane said that he has grown as a player by just watching some of the greats of Indian cricket. "I keep watching the videos of all the great innings played Rahul bhai, Sachin paaji and Laxman paaji.
I watch how they approached a pressure situation and got the team out of the jail. I draw motivation from watching their innings," he revealed.