Home » Cricket Home » News » India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane Ends Dry Run in SENA Countries With Best Overseas Hundred

India vs Australia (test)

CONCLUDED

AUS vs IND Cricket Scorecard (test)

2nd Test test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, 4th Day, 2nd Session

Australia

1st INN

195/10

(72.3) RR 2.69

2nd INN

200 /10

(103.1) 1.94

Australia Tim Paine (C) (W)
India beat Australia by 8 wickets
India Ajinkya Rahane (C)

India

1st INN

326/10

(115.1) RR 2.83

2nd INN

70 /2

(15.5) RR 4.42

India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane Ends Dry Run in SENA Countries With Best Overseas Hundred

Ajinkya Rahane got a couple of reprieves from the Australian fielders but barring that he was in control of his innings for as much as 86% of the deliveries he faced. He scored all around the wicket with his most productive shot the cover drive which fetched him 23 runs.

India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane Ends Dry Run in SENA Countries With Best Overseas Hundred

Stand-in-captain, Ajinkya Rahane led from the front and scored his 12th Test hundred at the MCG on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test putting India in the driver’s seat as they look to bounce back and level the four-match series. Rahane came in to bat under pressure at 61 for 2 and remained unbeaten on a magnificent 104 off 200 deliveries forging a match-changing 104-run undefeated stand with Ravindra Jadeja. India led by 82 with five wickets in hand at the close of play on the second day in Melbourne.​

Captain’s Ton from Ajinkya Rahane Gives India Invaluable First Innings Lead

The feature of Rahane’s performance was his patience and calm and composure at the crease. He weathered the initial storm with Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari playing out time and overs wearing down the Australian quicks. Even though runs were hard to come by he ensured that India did not lose quick wickets. He later pressed on the accelerator and increased the tempo in his partnerships with Rishabh Pant and Jadeja.

Rahane got a couple of reprieves from the Australian fielders but barring that he was in control of his innings for as much as 86% of the deliveries he faced. He scored all around the wicket with his most productive shot the cover drive which fetched him 23 runs.

Sunil Gavaskar Compares Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane’s Style of Captaincy

Rahane had a very interesting career till the end of the Sri Lanka tour in August, 2017. Unlike most batsmen from the sub-continent, he had better numbers away than in his own country. Rahane had scored 992 runs in 16 Tests in India at an average of 39.68 including three hundreds and as many fifties. But had an aggregate of 1817 runs in 24 Tests at an average of 53.44 with 6 hundreds and 9 fifties outside India.

His record in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) considered to be a benchmark for Asian batsmen was outstanding until this period. Rahane had an aggregate of 1069 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 48.59 including 3 hundreds and 6 fifties in SENA – given that he batted between positions 5-7, these numbers were very impressive. A second innings 96 in one of the toughest pitches in world cricket with India’s back to the walls in the Boxing Day Test in Durban in 2013 followed by a magnificent 118 off just 158 deliveries at the windy Basin Reserve in Wellington a couple of months after against an attack comprising of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and others, a match-winning 103 off 154 deliveries from 86 for 3 when the top order had failed at Lord’s in the summer of 2014 and finally a fluent 147 off just 171 deliveries at the MCG in the Boxing Day Test in 2014 – Rahane had left a stamp of his class and authority in all the 4 countries.

But there was a slump in his numbers in SENA between January, 2018 till the Day and Night series opener in Adelaide in the ongoing series Down Under in 2020. During this period, Rahane in exactly the same number of Tests (13) and innings (25) in the period before, scored just 664 runs at an average of 26.56 with no hundreds and only 4 fifties. When at his best, Rahane is an attacking batsman who scores at a fair clip – his strike rate of just 42.13 was another indicator of his struggle in SENA during this time-frame.

In the light of the above, Rahane’s hundred at the MCG today assumes even more significance. It was a timely return to form and the Indian middle-order batsman was back amongst the big runs in his favourite hunting ground in Australia. Rahane has scored 334 runs in 3 Tests (5 innings) at an average of 83.5 including two hundreds at the MCG. He has an impressive record in Australia, overall having aggregated 762 runs in 10 Tests (18 innings) at an average of 47.62 including two hundreds and four fifties.

Day 1 belonged to Rahane – the captain – a masterstroke in introducing R Ashwin as first-change as early in the 11th over of the innings over Mohammed Siraj, the change of bowlers, attacking field placements, encouragement to debutant Siraj which brought out the best in him, the way he used Jasprit Bumrah and the tactics and strategy which saw a number of Australian batsmen get caught close to the bat on the leg side. Similarly, Day 2 has been owned by Rahane – the batsman. He produced his finest overseas performance – an innings under pressure – of grit, determination and class showcasing an excellent temperament and mental toughness leading India’s fightback after the drubbing in Adelaide.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
FULL Ranking