About Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane one of the finest Indian international cricketer who has showcased his exemplary performance playing for Indian National Cricket Team and for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He plays as a right handed top-order batsmen, and has established himself in the books of Indian Cricket as one of the examples of persistence, skill and energy. Rahane is majorly seen playing middle-order in Test format, while focuses on his top-order talent in other formats. Rahane is currently serving as the Vice-Captain of the Indian team in test cricket.
Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane was born on 6 June 1988, in Ashwi KD, Maharashtra. Son of Baburao Rahane & Sujata Rahane, he hailed from a village called Tal Sangamner. Rahane has a younger sister and Brother. Having a keen interest in cricket from an early age, Rahane started his cricketing efforts from the age of 7 due to efforts of his father. Since the family could barely afford a proper coaching, therefore they started with a small camp in Dombivli. Despite coming from a poor background, Rahane refuse to let money guide his destiny. From the age of 17 onwards, he started taking coaching from the Indian batsmen Pravin Amre. Rahane is a recipient of black-belt in Karate. He graduated from SV Joshi High School, completing his secondary school certificate. Rahane married Radhika Dhopavkar in 2014 in Mumbai.
Starting off with smaller tournaments, Rahane’s performance started being noticed. In 2007, Rahane got the opportunity of being selected in U-19 Cricket, and his performance was again above par. In 2009, Rahane was selected for Ranji Trophy where he successfully scored 1089 runs within a single season, accruing to which he was well received by the selectors. In 2011, Rahane debut against Australia in the Test format along with Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan. In 2011, Rahane was selected for the ODI series to be held against England, where he scored 40 runs in his first match, while his overall performance was also exceling, which further led to his selection for T-20 matches against England. In his first T-20 match against England he scored 61 runs in 49 balls. In 2018, Rahane was declared to be the captain of Mumbai for the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament held in 2018-19, while also being named the captain of India’s C-Squad for 2018-19 Deodar Trophy, where Rahane led the team to the finals and scored 144* in the final match to win the title.
Rahane was selected to play against West Indies in 2011, he existed in the squad for more than a year, however his performance was not up to the mark as he struggled against England and Pakistan in 2013. Rahane appeared in his test debut against Australia in 2013.
Rahane’s technical ability, balance was all that accredited his on-ground performance, leading him to become one of India’s accomplished batsman overseas, throughout 2013-14. He scored his first hundred in Wellington on his tour to New-Zealand, while chasing India’s first victory in Lord’s in 28 years, by scoring 103 and establishing himself on the honour board.
Rahane scored his first test 100, at New Zealand 2014, putting India in a match winning position. While in the Investec Test Series 2014, Rahane had an average of 61.83, scoring 371 runs in four test matches, which made him get a place in the playing 11 replacing Rohit Sharma. By the means of a second century at the 2nd test match at Lord’s Ground he justified his selection. In this whole process, Rahane showed the world how hardened his credibility was by becoming the fourth Indian Batsmen to score a test century during their debut at Lord’s along with Dilip Vensarkar, Sourav Ganguly and Ajit Agarkar.
Rahane had to face some hardships in his career. Scoring single digit scores twice led many to question Rahane’s pressure handling ability and his efforts to duplicate his domestic success at international level. As per media, Rahane was claimed by media to have gotten his chance by luck in his test Debut against Australia.
Rahane also played in 2014 Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia, and was able to score his third test century in the third test match (Melbourne), while scoring 399 runs in four matches, withstanding the storming attack of Australian bowlers of the likes of Mitchell Johnson & Ryan Harris.
In 2015 Sri-Lankan tour, Rahane broke world record for most catches (8) in a test match, while he managed to score 126 runs in the second test at PSS. Due to his achievements, he was able to reach his career best ranking of 20, in the ICC Player Rankings. In 2015, Rahane played the Freedom Series, and scored a century in 4th test, on a pitch where most batsmen found it difficult to score runs on. He became the only 5th Indian to join the league of batsmen scoring twin century in single test match. On 16th August 2016, Rahane stood at the career best Test Batsmen ranking number 8. Rahane in 2017, became India’s 33rd Test Captain, leading the team in Dharamsala against Australia, while leading Indian Test Team against Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team due to the absence of the previous captain Virat Kohli.
Rahane plays in middle order in Test Cricket and takes the role of an opener in ODI & T-20 cricket. Rahane is widely appreciated by Dhoni for his batting style, along with his disciplined and committed approach to the game. Rahane has been compared to Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar due to his compact technique, temperament and variety of shots, while also being described as one of the rising stars of Indian Cricket. His versatility is reflected in how he has adapted to the weather conditions as well as the pitch. Some of his trademark shots are the cover drive, flick shot, back foot square punch, straight drive and so on. He has also been acclaimed as a fine fielder.
● In 2015 Sri-Lankan tour, Rahane broke world record for most catches (8) in a test match, while he managed to score 126 runs in the second test at PSS.
● Due to his achievements in 2015, he was able to reach his career best ranking of 20, in the ICC Player Rankings.
● On 16th August 2016, Rahane stood at the career best Test Batsmen ranking no. 8
● He became the only 5th Indian to join the league of batsmen scoring twin century in single test match
● He was the first batsman to hit six 4’s in a single over in the Indian Premier League. (Against S Arvind, RCB)
● He holds a joint record with 5 other cricket players for the highest number of catches in T-20
● He was awarded the CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year (2014-15)
● He was awarded the MA Chidambaram Trophy for best Cricketer U-19 (2006-07)
● In 2016, BCCI recommended him for Arjuna Award.
● During his childhood visit to a cricket camp, Rahane was shown a black and white photo of Tendulkar by the camp owner, who asked if he wanted to play with Tendulkar one day. Rahane said yes which made his father embarrassed, but also proud when he actually did so in 2011.
● Rahane although had an arranged marriage with Radhika Dhopavkar in 2014, yet they both knew each other from their teenage days.
● Rahane is a black belt in karate.
● When he was 8 years old, a bowler thrice his age bowled him a bouncer which thrashed his helmet and made Rahane cry, however only a while later Rahane smashed the same bowler for 5 boundaries in 5 balls.
● India has never lost a Test when Rahane has scored a century, making him essential for the Indian team.