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Ajinkya Rahane and his Investment Mantra

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India's cool and calm stand in captain, Ajinkya Rahane is never off pressure, which made him stay humble and focus on his game. In this interaction with Entrepreneur, he shares his rise as the son of the soil, his recent startup investments and the hardwork and discipline which drive his life.
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The journey for Ajinkya Rahane started off as any other Indian kid who loved cricket, breaking window panes with 2-3 complaints coming to the Rahane family every day. One day one of Ajinkya's neighbour saw him batting and told his father to try him out for a Cricket Academy. He started the journey when he was 7 and played all the age groups, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-19, and went on to play for the Mumbai Ranji Team when he was U-19. The realization that he could be an elite level athlete and play internationally struck him when he scored 172 against England in a tournament called Duleep Trophy. When asked about the ups and downs in his life Ajinkya Rahane recalls, "You will go through those ups and downs and you will see those highs and lows but what I learned from that is staying humble, staying on that same level during highs and lows and try to learn from each and every moment, whether I'm doing it well or not but I think trying to grow as a cricketer and as a person and trying to learn on the field every time and improve as a cricketer."

Ajinkya Rahane

Everyone has their different styles of leading their team or captaining their team. Ajinkya's style is completely different as it is more inclusive, wherein he likes to include his players and take their opinions. Talking about the same, he adds, "I'm instinctive on the field when there are decisions to be made, I generally back my instinct and go for it and I like to support my players when they aren't doing well or their form is really low, I like to support them or back them because I feel it is all about the team and everyone brings best for the team. I am a kind of a person who…
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