Rahane's talent was never in question but he only started to blossom from last year's IPL, which earned him a spot in India's tough tours of South Africa and New Zealand where he was the only Indian batsman to succeed, apart from Virat Kohli. (Agencies)
"I really learnt a lot from last year. My performance in last year's IPL gave me immense confidence to take on world-class bowlers. Obviously those two tours (of South Africa and New Zealand) were important for my career and I am glad that I really did well," Rahane said.
"It is always a challenge to play on overseas tours because of different conditions and quality attacks. I am glad that I did well on those tours but I would like to keep my feet on the ground and keep learning day by day," said the 25-year-old right-hander, who scored his maiden Test century in Wellington earlier this year.
Despite the abundance of talent though, Rahane hasn't been able to cement his place in India's limited overs set-up. He did come alive in the Asia Cup with two half-centuries but failed to fire in the closing stages of the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
The soft-spoken batsman was more disappointed for the team than his own failures.
"I wasn't thinking about myself, I was thinking about the team. I was really disappointed because we lost the World Cup. I was really batting well at that point but didn't capitalize on those scores," said Rahane about his three outings in T20 World Cup.
Opening the batting, Rahane has so far notched up two half-centuries out of seven games in the ongoing IPL and the Mumbai lad said he is relishing the role of a senior batsman in the Rajasthan Royals set-up.
"I am not taking any pressure on myself. I am just enjoying this opportunity to learn as much as possible from all the senior players. I just want to enjoy this new responsibility," he said.
Rahane's talent was never in question but he only started to blossom from last year's IPL, which earned him a spot in India's tough tours of South Africa and New Zealand where he was the only Indian batsman to succeed, apart from Virat Kohli.