Having played alongside him once in the Indian Premier League, right-hand batsman Peter Handscomb wants to emulate the beautiful and immaculate back-foot game that has been a feature of Ajinkya Rahane's batting over the years.
Handscomb, who is currently in India with Australia A auditioning to get back a place in the Test side for the upcoming tour of UAE, has had questions been raised about his unique stance and back-foot play but he is not only striving to get it sorted, he is willing to follow the right examples too, which batsmen like Rahane definitely are.
Peter Handscomb had the opportunity to see from close quarters how Ajinkya Rahane goes about his business, when he played alongside one of India's best during the 2016 IPL season for Rising Pune Supergiants.
"I played in the IPL a couple of years back with Ajinkya Rahane. I love how he plays, he has the ability to play spin off the back foot really well." he was quoted saying, "I’ve watched him, had a couple of chats with him during that time, and I think he’s a quality player, and someone I’ve tried to emulate on occasions."
Handscomb has shown he has a good game against spin, when on the tours of India and Bangladesh last year, with his match-saving 72 in Ranchi and 82-run contribution in Australia's win at Chittagong standing out.
The youngster credits the influence spin consultant Sridharan Sriram has had on his game for that.
"(Sriram) is one hell of a batter and bowler in his own right. He knows what to look for, and he’s been helping all of us learn how to sweep, use our feet, play off the back foot." Handscomb added, "He watches each batter separately, understands that we’ve all got different techniques and different ways of playing certain shots. And then he finds their strengths and tries to teach that, coach that."
(Inputs from SportsKeeda)