The newly appointed Test vice-captain Rahane says being mentally strong and focused is crucial.
India batsman Ajinkya Rahane feels mental toughness and focus is more important than technique in international cricket.
“Technique is very important, but I think more than technique how strong you are mentally, how focused you are is very important. I feel that 85 per cent of the game is a mind game,” Rahane was quoted as saying by bcci.tv.
Rahane spoke ahead of the India’s tour of the West Indies.
“While I work and focus on my technique during the off season or before a series, how tough I make myself mentally at the same time is important.
Speaking about the long tour of the Caribbean, the right-handed batsman said, “The tour to West Indies isn’t going to be any different in that sense. I will be preparing as per the requirements there and I will be looking to contribute to the team’s cause,” he said.
“I don’t keep goals of runs or hundreds because I feel that if you are chasing such goals then sometimes the mind runs ahead into the future. What I always want is to think about what is going on in this moment. I will look to give my best and will be happy when I can contribute to the team’s Test success.”
India will be playing four Tests in the West Indies.