Ajinkya Rahane

India
Age
June 6, 1988 (33 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Ashwi-KD,Maharashtra
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

Ajinkya Rahane is a 32-year-old top-order batsman, who is currently deputy to Virat Kohli in Test cricket and has represented India in international cricket across all formats.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

India, Hampshire, India A, India B, India Blue, Indian Board Presidents XI, India Green, Rest of India, West Zone, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, India Under-19, Mumbai, Rising Pune Supergiant, North Mumbai Panthers, India C, Indians

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
90
87
3
2962
111
35.26
3767
78.63
3
24
293
33
T20I
20
20
2
375
61
20.83
331
113.29
0
1
32
6
Test
75
124
10
4311
188
37.82
8756
49.23
11
21
486
30
IPL
134
126
15
3546
103*
31.95
2956
119.96
1
27
372
67

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
90
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
20
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
75
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
134
1
6
5
1
1/5
5
5
6
0
0
0

Biography

After a successful tour of New Zealand with the India U-19 team in 2007, Rahane began to play first-class cricket for Mumbai. Successful domestic seasons with Mumbai drew the attention of national selectors who gave Rahane his first international break in 2011 when they picked him for an ODI series in England in September 2011.

Test Career

Rahane has scored 4203 runs in 65 Test matches, at 42.88 with 11 tons, including his top score of 188. He played his first game against Australia in Delhi in March 2013. He made only 8 runs in the two innings. Later that year, in December, Rahane shone on the tour of South Africa when he had scores of 47, 51 not out and 96 in two matches he played. He became a constant feature of the Indian Test squad and on the subsequent tour of New Zealand in February 2014, he got his first Test ton, 118, in Wellington. His performance saw Rahane included in the squad to tour England that summer when he proved his credentials with another ton, 103, at Lord’s in July. He also had fifties in each innings in Manchester and found himself included in the team chosen to tour Australia in December. He began with an innings of 62 in Adelaide and followed it up with another fifty (81) in Brisbane before going on to make a big hundred (147) in Melbourne. In June 2015, in the one-off Test against Bangladesh held in Fatullah, Rahane was unlucky to miss a ton by just two runs. However, on the tour of Sri Lanka that followed in August 2015, Rahane was lacklustre barring an innings of 126 at Colombo. After that, he seemed to run into a bad patch as the runs dried up during South Africa’s tour of India in November 2015. He recaptured his form in the fourth Test of the series in Delhi in December when he made a century in each innings (127 and 100 not out). Rahane was on the plane to the West Indies in July 2016 and used the opportunity to make an unbeaten 108 in the second of a four-match series in Kingston. Rahane registered two more good innings when New Zealand toured India in September-October 2016, scoring 77 in Kolkata and following up with 188 in Indore. This was his highest score in Tests. Batting first, India scored 557/5 declared on the back of Rahane’s ton. New Zealand replied with 299 and collapsed to be all out for 153, chasing a set target of 474.

After that, he went into a prolonged slump from which he emerged when Bangladesh toured India in February 2017. He scored 82 in Hyderabad, his first 50-plus score in 7 innings. The centuries seemed to have dried up and he had to wait until August 2017 to get his next one against Sri Lanka in Colombo where he scored 132. Rahane had gone into an inexplicable slump for a couple of years, with only 4 fifties in that period, before he got his next ton against the West Indies in North Sound where he made 81 and 102 in his two knocks. That was the start of a string of consistent scores, including 64 not out in the next game in Kingston, followed by 59 against South Africa in Pune in October 2019, followed in turn by 115 in Ranchi against the same opposition. A couple of fifties against Bangladesh in Indore and Kolkata preceded Rahane’s departure to New Zealand where he managed just 91 runs in four Test innings.

ODI Career

Rahane has scored 2962 runs in 90 ODIs at 35.26 with 3 tons, including the top score of 111. He played his first match against England in Chester-le-Street in September 2011, where he scored 40. He got his first fifty in the next match in Southampton when he made 54. He got another half-century (91) against the same opposing team in Mohali during England’s tour of India in October 2011. After that, he was in and out of the squad due to an inconsistent run of form. He had to wait until September 2014 before getting his first ODI ton (106) against England in Birmingham. In November 2014, playing against Sri Lanka in Cuttack, he made 111. In that game, Rahane opened the innings for India. Batting first, India scored 363/5, riding on Rahane’s century, before bowling out Sri Lanka for 194 to register a 169-run win. He got his third and final ton (103) against the West Indies in Port of Spain on 25 June 2017. Then, he scored a string of fifties, ending with 79 against South Africa in Durban in February 2018. After a run of poor scores, he last appeared in an ODI on 16 February 2018 at Centurion.

Ajinkya Rahane: IPL Career

Rahane has scored 3820 runs in 140 matches at 32.93 with a strike rate of 121.92. He has made 2 tons and 27 fifties, including the top score of 105 not out.

Franchise History

Rahane began his IPL career with Mumbai Indians in the inaugural 2008 season. In the 2012 auction, Rajasthan Royals bid successfully for the Indian batsman. He had remained with the Jaipur squad until the 2016 season when he was acquired by Rising Pune Supergiants. After two seasons with RPS, Rahane found himself back with his former franchise of Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 season. Rahane was bought by Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 auction.

Rahane did not do justice to his talent in his initial seasons in the IPL. In 2008, he played only two matches and managed to score only 4 runs. In 2009, he got to play 8 games in which he made 144 runs at 24.00 with 2 fifties including his top score of 62 not out. His strike rate of 117.07, though, was relatively unimpressive. Rahane did not play in the 2010 season and his performance in the 2011 season was like the one in 2009. Rahane acknowledges that he got his big break in the IPL when he started playing for Rajasthan Royals in 2012, getting to bat alongside Rahul Dravid who mentored him. His figures in the 2012 season prove this claim. In 16 games that season, Rahane made 560 runs at an impressive average of 40.00 and a strike rate of 129.33. He had one ton and 3 fifties to show for his effort, including the top score of 103 not out. His next season with Royals was almost as impressive, with 488 runs from 18 games at 34.85, though at a lower strike rate of 106.55. In the 2014 season, Rahane scored 339 runs in 13 matches at 28.25 at a strike rate of 116.49. He made 3 fifties, including his top score of 72. His performance in the 2015 season was excellent: Rahane played 14 matches and scored 540 runs at 49.09 at a strike rate of 130.75. He had four fifties including the highest score of 91 not out. He kept his good form with Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016 when he scored 480 runs in 14 games at 43.63 at a strike rate of 126.64. He had six fifties, including the highest of 74. In 2017, he played 16 games and made 382 runs at 25.46 with a strike rate of 118.26. He registered two fifties including the top score of 60.

IPL 2018

Back in the Royals stable in 2018, Rahane made 370 in 15 games at 28.46, boasting a strike rate of 118.21 with one fifty, being an unbeaten 65. That innings came in a match against Sunrisers in Jaipur. The visitors batted first and scored 151/7. Royals replied with 140/6 despite Rahane’s valiant unbeaten 65 during which he was involved in a second-wicket stand of 59 with Sanju Samson. However, the loss of regular wickets after the departure of Samson meant that Rahane did not get adequate support in the run chase, resulting in Royals’ loss by 11 runs.

IPL 2019

In the last season in 2019, Rahane scored 393 runs in 14 matches at 32.75 at a strike rate of 137.89 with one ton and one fifty to his credit, including his top score of 105 not out. That unbeaten ton was made against Delhi Capitals in Jaipur on 22 April 2019. Opening the innings with Samson, Rahane lost his partner to an unfortunate run out to leave Royals floundering at 5/1. A partnership of 130 with Steve Smith remedied the innings and Rahane carried his bat to see Royals home to a challenging score of 191/6. However, Delhi Capitals, who also boasted a strong batting lineup with the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Pant, Rutherford and Ingram, managed to chase down the target with 6 wickets and 4 balls to spare.

Ajinkya Rahane’s Centuries

Below you can find the international centuries of Ajinkya Rahane which include three in ODIs and 11 in Tests.

ODI Centuries

Rahane made his first ODI century, 106, against England in Birmingham on 2 September 2014. He scored his second ODI ton, 111, against Sri Lanka in Cuttack on 2 November 2014. He registered his third three-figure knock in ODI cricket, 103, against the West Indies in Port of Spain on 25 June 2017. India won all three games.

Test Centuries

Rahane scored his maiden Test ton, 118, against New Zealand in Wellington on 15 February 2014; his second, 103, against England at Lord’s on 17 July 2014; his third, 147, against Australia in Melbourne on 28 December 2014; his fourth, 126, against Sri Lanka in Colombo, on 23 August 2015; his fifth, 127, against South Africa in Delhi on 4 December 2015; his sixth, 100 not out, against South Africa in Delhi on 6 December 2015; his seventh, 108 not out, against the West Indies in Gros Islet on 1 August 2016; his eighth, 188, against New Zealand in Indore on 9 October 2016; his ninth, 132, against Sri Lanka in Colombo on 3 August 2017; his tenth, 102, against the West Indies in North Sound on 26 August 2019; and his eleventh, 115, against South Africa in Ranchi on 20 October 2019. Barring centuries number one, three and seven, which came in drawn matches, all other tons resulted in wins for India.

Records

Rahane has set several records in Tests as well as in T20 cricket.

Test Records

  • He became the fifth Indian batsman to score a century in each innings when he made 127 and 100 not out in Delhi in the fourth match of a series during South Africa’s tour of India in November 2015.
  • He set a record for the most catches taken by a non-wicket-keeper in a Test match when he took eight catches against Sri Lanka in Galle in August 2015.
  • He won his first Test match as captain when he led India to victory in the fourth Test against Australia in Dharamsala in March 2017, becoming the 9th Indian to accomplish the feat.
  • He became the first Indian to be named Player of the Match in the World Test Championship when he helped India to a 318-run win against the West Indies in North Sound in August 2019.
  • He became the fourth Indian to score a ton on his first appearance at Lord’s when he made 103 at the Mecca of cricket in July 2014.

T20 Records

  • He became the first batsman to score 24 runs entirely composed of fours in a T20 over when he achieved the feat against RCB bowler S Arvind in April 2012.
  • He became the joint holder of the record for the most catches in a T20 innings (shared with five other players, including Darren Sammy and Corey Anderson) when he took four catches against England in September 2014.

He registered the highest score by an individual batsman for the Rajasthan Royals when he made 105 not out against Delhi Capitals in April 2019.

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