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Ajinkya Rahane Ajinkya Rahane DOB: June 6, 1988

Belongs to the Mumbai school of batsmanship, Ajinkya Rahane is a classical batsman with all the required traits which makes him a complete package. Those who have seen him bat remains in awe of his exemplary technique, perfect balance at the crease, and his compact style of batting which separates him from his contemporaries. He effortlessly checked his drives and played late without the wristy bottom-hand drive - a quality which most of the subcontinental batsmen of the generation lacks. In his second Ranji season for Mumbai, Rahane scored a mammoth 1089 runs and played an important part in helping his side lift the record 38th Ranji title. He is one of the few players to have scored 1000 runs in a single Ranji season. Despite being a complete player, the Maharashtra-born batsman has only managed to cement his place in the whites in the Indian team. With centuries in Wellington, Lords, Melbourne and a couple of consecutive fifties in Durban, Rahane has proved his mettle as foreign conditions expert where the ball holds an edge over the willow. Before the coveted 2019 World Cup, Rahane also has the chance of to grab that middle-order spot in Team India which is still waiting for the right candidate. Major teams India, India A, India Blue, India Emerging Players, India Under-19s, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Rising Pune Supergiants Playing role: Top-order batsman Batting style: Right-hand bat Bowling style: Right-arm medium

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IND vs ENG | Ajinkya Rahane provides update on 4th Test Ahmedabad pitch

Sports | Mar 02, 2021, 09:33 PM IST

Rahane on Tuesday said there is no need to take criticism of the spin-friendly pitches in the country "seriously" as not a word is spoken about the "damp" tracks elsewhere and England can expect another turner in the fourth Test.

If rules change during lockdown, nothing is in your control: Virat Kohli defends India's slump in WTC table

Sports | Feb 10, 2021, 06:50 PM IST

While India slipped after their 227-run defeat to England in the opening Test in Chennai, the visitors kept alive their hopes of making the final of the inaugural event.

IND vs ENG: My job is to take a backseat and help captain Kohli, says Rahane

Sports | Feb 03, 2021, 08:32 PM IST

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to win in two of the last three Tests against Australia in India's landmark series win Down Under, says he is happy to take a backseat and contribute as vice-captain by offering suggestions when asked by skipper Virat Kohli.

Mumbaikars welcome Ajinkya Rahane with victorious drum beats

Sports | Jan 21, 2021, 10:20 PM IST

Team India's stand-in captain during Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane on January 21 was welcomed at his residence in Mumbai. People of Mumbai welcomed Rahane with drum beats celebrations. India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by beating Australia 2-1. On Tuesday, Australia's fortress -- The Gabba -- was finally breached. It took 32 years and two months, but the unthinkable was achieved as an injury-ravaged young Indian team beat Australia by three wickets against all odds to take the series 2-1.

Ind vs Aus 3rd Test: 'It was as good as winning,' says Rahane

Sports | Jan 11, 2021, 06:50 PM IST

Team India showed great character and resilience in the third test match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ind vs Aus: 'Not annoyed with strict quarantine restrictions,' says Rahane

Sports | Jan 06, 2021, 06:03 PM IST

Ahead of third test match against Australia, Team India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane said that the team is focused on playing some "good cricket."

AUS vs IND: Virat Kohli vs Ajinkya Rahane: Who can lead India better?

Sports | Dec 28, 2020, 09:54 PM IST

Stand-in India captain Ajinkya Rahane slammed his 12th Test ton to put the visitors in a commanding position at the MCG. On the second day of the Boxing Day clash against Australia.

Boxing Day Test: Ton-up Ajinkya Rahane, gritty Ravindra Jadeja help India boss Australia on Day 2

Sports | Dec 27, 2020, 02:17 PM IST

Rahane was unbeaten on 104 while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was with him at the crease on 40, the two having added an unbeaten 104 for the sixth wicket.

AUS vs IND 2nd Test: Stand-in captain Rahane ticks all the boxes with gritty fifty in Melbourne

Sports | Dec 27, 2020, 12:22 PM IST

So far is the only batsman to score a half century in the Boxing Day Test as he earns India a lead in the first innings after India's top-order gradually wither away.

AUS vs IND 2nd Test: Ajinkya Rahane leads India from front to first innings lead

Sports | Dec 27, 2020, 11:39 AM IST

The Indian stand-in skipper hits a half century to take India ahead of Australia's first innings total of 195.

Wasim Jaffer sends Ajinkya Rahane 'hidden message' ahead of Boxing Day Test

Sports | Dec 22, 2020, 02:56 PM IST

Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer send a "hidden message" to Ajinkya Rahane, as the Mumbai batsman prepares to lead the side in the rest of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, beginning from the MCG Test in December 26.

AUS vs IND: Prithvi Shaw, Wriddhiman Saha in playing XI for Pink-Ball Test

Cricket Ki Baat | Dec 16, 2020, 04:45 PM IST

The BCCI on Wednesday announced India's playing XI for the first Test against Australia, which begins at the Adelaide Oval from December 17. It will be India's first Day/Night Test on overseas soil.

Hardik Pandya, Natasha blessed with baby boy, wishes pour in

Sports | Jul 31, 2020, 11:26 AM IST

Cricket fraternity on July 30 congratulated all-rounder Hardik Pandya as he and his fiance Natasha Stankovic have been blessed with a baby boy.

Ajinkya Rahane holds fort as India struggle against New Zealand on Day 1 of Wellington Test

Cricket Ki Baat | Feb 21, 2020, 10:29 PM IST

At Stumps which the umpires were forced to call early after rains washed out the entire last session, India were 122/5 with Rahane and Rishabh Pant batting on 38 and 10, respectively.

IPL 2019, RR vs DC: Rishabh Pant fires Delhi Capitals to six-wicket win over Rajasthan, go top of table

Sports | Apr 23, 2019, 11:44 AM IST

Rishabh Pant's quickfire fifty (78 unbeaten off 36) along with valuable contributions by openers Shikhar Dhawan (54) and Prithvi Shaw (42) helped Delhi Capitals overhaul Rajasthan Royals' 192-run target with four balls to spare.

Hope to put up a good show in England: Ajinkya Rahane to India TV

Cricket Ki Baat | Jun 06, 2018, 10:04 PM IST

As the Team India batsman adds another feather to his cap on his birthday, in an exclusive interview with India TV, Ajinkya Rahane hopes to put up a good show as the Virat Kohli led team face England in five Tests starting July.

Ajinkya Rahane to lead India in Afghanistan Test, Karun Nair replaces Virat Kohli

Cricket Ki Baat | May 08, 2018, 08:56 PM IST

Karnataka middle-order batsman Karun Nair on Tuesday replaced skipper Virat Kohli for the one-off Test against Afghanistan from June 14-18 in Bengaluru, making an unexpected comeback to the squad. Ajinkya Rahane will be leading India in the historic