Rahul bhai told me 'don't run after India selection, it'll follow you': Rahane
Remembering his grind in the domestic cricket before getting an India call-up, current India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane recalled an important piece of advice from the legendary Rahul Dravid that ‘motivated’ and ‘inspired’ him. Rahane, who is currently in England as part of the Indian Test team which is gearing up to play the first-ever World Test Championships final against New Zealand from June 18 in Southampton, shared his interaction with Dravid during a Duleep Trophy final in 2008-09. Rahane was playing for the West Zone while Dravid was representing the South Zone. "I remember in a Duleep Trophy final, we were playing against South Zone in 2008-09 and Rahul Dravid was playing in it in Chennai. I got runs in that game – 165 and 98. Rahul bhai called me up after the game and said, I’ve read about you a lot, you are scoring a lot of runs. As a player, it is very natural that you will start expecting an India call-up. All I would tell you is to keep on doing what you’ve been doing,” Rahane told former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.