Indian Test Team Fame: Ajinkya Rahane


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Ajinkya Rahane is an international cricketer and former captain of the Indian national Team altogether. He plays as a middle-order batsman within the Test format and as a top-order batsman in the white-ball formats. He was also the vice-captain of the India national cricket team in Tests until the series against New Zealand in 2021 when he dropped out of the squad. Currently, he represents Mumbai in domestic cricket and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL (now).

Personal Life

Ajinkya Rahane was born on 6 June 1988 in Ahmednagar to Madhukar Baburao Rahane and Sujata Rahane in a Hindu Maratha Family. He features a younger brother and sister, Shashank and Apurva Rahane. At the age of seven, Madhukar Rahane took Rahane to a coaching camp with a matting wicket in Dombivli.From the age of 17, he took coaching from former India batsman Pravin Amre. Rahane cleared his lyceum Certificate from SV Joshi highschool, Dombivli.

Rahane married Radhika Dhopavkar, his child, on 26 September 2014. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Aarya, in October 2019.

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Full Name Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane
Date Of Birth 6 June 1988
Age 34 years
Birthplace Maharashtra, India
Profession Indian Cricketer
Role Batsman
Batting Style Right-Handed Bat
Bowling Style Right-Arm Medium
International Test Debut 22 March 2013 Vs Australia
International ODI Debut 3 September 2011 Vs England
International T20 Debut 31 August 2011 Vs England
IPL Debut 27 April 2008 Vs Deccan Charger
Father NameMadhukar Baburao Rahane
Mother NameSujata Rahane
Siblings Sister – Apurva Rahane
Brother – Shashank Rahane
Monthly Income 60 Lakh +
Annual Income 7 Crore Approx
Networth $ 9 Million

Domestic career

Ajinkya Rahane had performed well when India U-19 toured New Zealand in early 2007, with two centuries. He joined the squad for the Mohammad Nissar Trophy in Pakistan.

Anjinkya made his first-class debut, for Mumbai against Karachi Urban within the Mohammad Nissar Trophy, at Karachi. Opening the innings with Sahil Kukreja, he scored 143 (207), with Kukreja scoring 110 for a complete 247. Rahane then joined the Irani Trophy match against the remainder of India.

Ajinkya Rahane surpassed 1000 runs in three separate seasons, and scored 152 within the 2011 Irani Trophy match against Rajasthan. This helped him join India’s Test squad.

In April 2019, Rahane joined Hampshire as their overseas player for two months of the season.

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International career

Ajinkya Rahane played within the Test squad to play against West Indies in November 2011. Rahane joined the Team for 16 months, and in his presence, he saw seven players make their debuts. His performance within the limited-overs cricket wasn’t up to the mark during that period. He averaged around 25 in both ODI and T20I cricket and struggled for form within the series against Pakistan and England.

Ajinkya Rahane made his Test debut on 22 March 2013 against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi. Rahane received this opportunity through “sheer luck.” Shikhar Dhawan, who made a stunning start to his career within the third Test at Mohali, scored 187 on debut. Dhawan became the clear choice for the Delhi Test until he suffered an injury to the knuckles of his left.

Furthermore, on 16 August 2016, Rahane achieved his career-best test batters’ ranking of No. 8.

On 25 March 2017, Rahane became India’s 33rd Test captain when he led the Team within the 4th test against Australia in Dharamsala. It was all thanks to an injury to Virat Kohli. He scored 46 runs in his first innings and quick 37 Runs in 2nd innings as India’s Test captain. He scored a century in Sri Lanka in August 2017. Within the return series reception, he failed miserably, scoring only 17 in 5 innings. Despite a foreign average of 55, he did not make it to the playing 11 for the first and 2nd Test against South Africa in 2018. After the failures of Rohit Sharma in both tests, the Indian vice-captain came back to the playing eleven for the 3rd test. His innings of 48 within the 2nd innings on a dangerous batting pitch proved very crucial in fixing an Indian victory. He led the Indian Team within the match game against the Afghanistan national cricket team within the absence of Virat Kohli in 2018.  Rahane scored two half-centuries, a match-winning 81 within the third test and 51 within the fourth test. 

He did well in his maiden international series (2011 NatWest Series), against England in England, and within the return series. He made a 47 ball 54 on his second Match of the last tour. Furthermore, Rahane did not impress in his next few limited-overs matches against West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and England.

Ajinkya Rahane made his second ODI fifty in the 2013-14 Asia Cup, followed by another slump. During a short ODI career within the middle order, Rahane has seemed unsure and sometimes struggled to find the balance between defense and attack.

Rahane made his international debut for India during a Twenty20 International against England at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester. He scored a half-century in this Match  against an England attack comprising Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, and Tim Bresnan. The Match seemed to be the only T20I played by former Indian captain Rahul Dravid.

Ajinkya Rahane was a part of the Indian Team that made it to the ultimate of the 2014 World T20. After sitting on the bench for  three matches, he got an opportunity to play against Australia. He w scored 19 runs. He gave India an honest start within the semi-final scoring 32 runs as India went on to win the Match.

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Rajasthan Royals bought Ajinkya Rahane for the 2012 Indian Premier League. Previously, he played with the Mumbai Indians squad but received limited opportunities. Rahane had a successful stint with Rajasthan Royals, playing under Rahul Dravid’s mentorship. He rose to prominence within the 2012 IPL for Rajasthan Royals. He hit a match-winning 98 in his first game of IPL 2012 against Kings XI Punjab and followed that up with an unbeaten 103 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. His 84 off 63 balls against Delhi Daredevils was vainly, though, as they lost by one run.

Ajinkya Rahane played for Rising Pune Supergiant within the 2016 and 2017 seasons when Rajasthan Royals faced a ban from the IPL for two years. Rahane was the leading run-scorer for RPS within the 2016 season. He had led RPS during a match against the Delhi Daredevils within the 2017 season when RPS captain Steve Smith got omitted thanks to gastrointestinal disorder.

In 2018, Rahane was brought back for Rs 4 crore by Rajasthan Royals by employing a Right-to-Match card. Steve Smith was appointed as captain of Rajasthan Royals on 24 February 2018.

In November 2019, Ajinkya Rahane was transferred from Rajasthan Royals to Delhi Capitals before the 2020 Indian Premier League. The franchise retained him for the IPL 2021 season.[69] However, Ajinkya Rahane was barely included in any match for the 2021 season after some bad innings within the 2020 season. In February 2022, he went under the hammer for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.

There are many sports in the world. Some people likes football, and others likes cricket or basketball. But I love to play cricket because it is a game of gentalman. I am a left-handed batsman and a left-arm orthodox bowler. I played an inter-college tournaments. Also, I represented my college cricket team as vice captain. Ms. Dhoni is my idol, and the Chennai Super Kings are my all-time favourite franchise. 

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