He has been a calming influence for India in the opening slot, proof of which was visible during his half-century knock in the fourth ODI against West Indies, but consistency is something Ajinkya Rahane is striving for to cement his place in the national team.
Opening the batting, Rahane scored a stroke-filled 68 off 79 balls and was on course for a century before his innings was cut short by Sulieman Benn in the fourth ODI.
But Virat Kohli smashed 127 off 114 balls and together with Suresh Raina (71) stitched 138 runs for the third wicket to set up a 59-run win for India on Friday.
Asked Rahane to judge his progression as a batsman, the Mumbai cricketer said his main focus is now to convert starts into big scores.
“I have always tried my best to improve certain aspects of my game and pick certain bits and pieces from practice sessions and the matches that I play. From the previous tours till now I have realised that consistency will be an important factor. I have often got starts for the team but not been able to convert them into big ones.