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I am living a dream: Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane has managed to surprise even himself with his smashing form in the IPL so far and the young Rajasthan Royals batsman says the entire experience has been like living a dream.

The smashing right-hander has tapered off in the last three games with scores of 17, 0 and 5 but he remains second only to Chris Gayle among the batting heavyweights with 480 runs at 43.63 in the competition.

Nobody has hit more fours (63) than him and only two others, besides him, have hit centuries.

In an interview with PTI, the 24-year-old Mumbaikar weighed his recent success and the reasons behind it, as well as the opportunities which would follow in its wake.

'Well, it has come as a surprise. I have only done my part and the rest has been destiny. To top the charts in a competition like IPL is really a proud achievement for me. But I would have really loved to see my team to be in a better position than it is,' he said.

Rahane played for Mumbai Indians as well which at the time was a team full of stars as Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga before moving to Rajasthan Royals, a team not with many big names.

'Actually I was learning a lot in Mumbai Indians with my idol Sachin Paaji around but then wasn't getting many chances. Here in RR things were different, I had a role to play, there were expectations off me. And also I was happy to be around my other idol, Rahul Dravid. It's a pleasure talking cricket to Rahul bhai,' he explained. .
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