|Full name||Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane|
|Born||June 6, 1988, Ashwi-KD,Maharashtra|
|Batting style||Right Handed|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|ODI Debut||September 3, 2011 v England at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street|
Ajinkya Rahane, a right-handed top-order batsman from Mumbai is a perfect combination of talent, consistency and aggression. He made his First-Class debut for Mumbai in 2007. In only his second Ranji season, he piled up a mountain of 1089 runs, which was instrumental in Mumbai's 38th Ranji title triumph. He is one of the few players to have scored 1000 runs in a single Ranji season. Having represented Mumbai at all levels, Rahane was always seen as a bright prospect.
Rahane scored runs for fun and his twin tons in the Emerging Players Trophy in Australia forced his way into the Indian ODI team in 2011. He showed both talent and elegance to stamp his authority early in his career. He traveled a lot with the Indian Test squad before finally getting a chance in the 2013 Test series against Australia.
The Mumbai batsman didn’t have the best of debuts but he put it past him and only in his third Test scored fifties in both innings in Durban. He turned out to be the man for crisis for India away from home and his maiden Test ton in New Zealand reflected that. It was his brilliant century on a green deck at Lord’s in 2014 that really made the world take notice. It set up India’s first win at the venue in 28 years. On the tour Down Under, Rahane scored 399 runs in the four-match Test series. His form in whites has never been in question ever since then.
One of his notable knocks came against South Africa at home in tough spinning conditions in Delhi. He scored centuries in both innings when no other batsman managed to score a single ton in the entire series. He didn’t quite shine in similar fashion in ODIs but scored his maiden ton in Birmingham in 2014. He has had a dwindling time in the 50-over format though with the odd brilliant knock. He has been in and out of the ODI side far too often for a player of his caliber.
In the Indian T20 League, he started with Mumbai but his real success came with Rajasthan. A prolific scorer for them at the top of the order, he was the perfect foil for many aggressive opening partners. He was bought by Pune in the 2016 edition of the tournament and had a fairly decent run.
In the home series in 2016-17, he only had one big score, when he registered his career best Test score of 188 against the Kiwis. He fell away post that but chipped in with vital contributions against Australia. India depend a lot on him and it should be interesting to see how he adapts to changing batting styles in modern cricket.
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