Growing up in the farmlands just outside of Pune, Ajinkya Rahane is well aware of the hardships that a farmer has to go through. One of the softspoken cricketers among the modern generation, Rahane accredited the farmers as the real heroes of the country.
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Meanwhile, the Mumbai batsman has been in good form with the bat in recent times. Rahane scored a valiant century in West Indies and backed it another against South Africa – his first at home in almost three years. India will want him to keep up his form considering every match is crucial in the ICC World Test Championship.
Speaking at a promotional event in Pune, Ajinkya Rahane said he always wanted to help the farmers since he understood their hardships and how they have to deal with tough situations. The star batsman also picked stories from his childhood to put his words into perspective.
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“In cricket, the toss is not in our hand. If we win it then we have the advantage of choosing what we want, but lose the toss and we have to find a way out. Same is the situation with farmers, who are facing tough times with drought situations,” Rahane said.
“I remember how my grandmother used to wake up at four in the morning and start working. Since my childhood I have had a dream to do something for farmers since I know the hardships their families face,” he added.
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Furthermore, Ajinkya Rahane believes that farmers are the “real heroes” in society. The Team India vice-captain wishes to give back something to them and is trying every means possible in his capacity.
“Whenever I have my daily meal, whether it is at home or in a hotel, I always think that we are privileged to have an easy life. But, it is the farmer who has done all the hard work to make everything so easy for us,” Rahane said.
Meanwhile, after spending some priceless moments with his family, Ajinkya Rahane has resumed training for the upcoming series against Bangladesh. The Tigers will tour India for the two-match series as a part of the ICC World Test Championship. Indore will host the first Test of the series starting from November 14 while Kolkata will be the home for the second match.