Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane
June 06, 1988, Ashwi-KD, Maharashtra
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Right arm Medium
Top order Batter
While he might not turn heads like many of his glitzier batting colleagues, Ajinkya Rahane has been a dependable middle-order batter for India, particularly overseas, and will always be remembered for leading the side to a spectacular Test series win in Australia in 2020-21.
A top-order batter for Mumbai, Rahane scored over 1000 runs in his second Ranji season, helping the side secure their 38th title win. He made his Test debut in 2013, after months of travelling with the squad, and then in his third match, he scored 51 not out and 96 in Durban. His first Test century followed soon, in a draw in Wellington in February 2014. Five months later, he was in the vanguard for India's first win at Lord's in nearly three decades, setting the game up with a solid 103 in the first innings. He followed it up with his maiden ODI century, at Edgbaston, as India wrapped up the ODI series 3-1.
Rahane's impressive form continued, with hundreds in Melbourne and Colombo, and then two against South Africa in the 2015-16 Delhi Test, in a series where no one else scored a century. His partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara against Australia in the 2017 Bengaluru Test helped India level the series, which they went on to win two Tests later under Rahane's captaincy.
Early in 2018, he produced a match-turning second-innings knock on a tough Johannesburg pitch, after having been dropped for the first two matches of the series, but he was no longer looking like the dominating Test batter he had previously been.
Even so, his most significant Test innings was yet to come. When India were bowled out for 36 in Adelaide in December 2020, he took charge of an under-pressure team for the rest of the series (regular captain Virat Kohli left the tour for the birth of his child). In the next Test, in Melbourne, Rahane produced a masterclass hundred that set the tone for India's hard-fought series win.
He was dropped again in 2022, but made a comeback in the 2023 World Test Championship final, where he top-scored for India, but they lost the title to Australia.
Although known for his orthodox batting, Rahane has had success as a T20 batter as well. He scored over 500 runs in two IPL seasons for Rajasthan Royals, has two hundreds in the tournament, led Mumbai to the Syed Mushtaq Ali title in 2022-23, and astonished everyone with a belligerent 61 off 27 balls for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians in the 2023 IPL.
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