- Cricket Winner | July 4, 2021 | 5:36 pm
Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta feels India Test team vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, is “not a similar player” he used to be five-six years prior when he scored huge tons of runs at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium batting at No. 3. Rahane didn’t make much of an impact in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, where his 49 and 15 were adequately not to save India from an eight-wicket defeat recently.
Toward the beginning of his international career, Rahane used to have an annual average during the 40s and 50s, when he earned the title of the moniker of ‘India’s overseas expert’ by scoring runs everywhere in the world he went. Presently his average took a critical plunge – 38.86 last year, and 21.92 this year up until now. While he still records an occasional enormous inning, he has been fairly conflicting.
“The Wankhede pitch on the first morning was damp, the pitch had grass and it was a nightmare batting there those days. But still, Rahane scored more than 4000-4500 runs prior to playing for India, batting dominatingly at No.3 position,” Deep Dasgupta said in his YouTube video.
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Ajinkya Rahane, in contrast to some other Indian players, has battled to score in home conditions. Dasgupta feels that since Rahane is proficient at playing against the swinging ball, it is the reverse swing that tests his footwork.
He further saw that Ajinkya Rahane’s footwork improved radically as he advanced into his innings.
“When you bat in India, your skill of abilities changes. You play swing and pace both at the same time, outside yet here you need to play reverse swing. On the off chance that you proceed to check Rahane’s footwork in 2015-16, you will understand that his footwork isn’t that definite. He is exceptionally tentative in his initial 20 balls and at whatever point he plays a major inning, he is much more confident,” the cricketer-turned commentator added.
There is a discussion of Ajinkya Rahane being replaced by Hanuma Vihari in the middle order for India against England. The truth will surface eventually whether the Indian vice-captain will get a longer rope or not.
Things many don’t know about Ajinkya Rahane:-
Highest score in List A cricket for some time: Since 1999, Sachin Tendulkar 186 against New Zealand stayed the highest score by an Indian in List A cricket for somewhat more than seven years. Rahane smashed 187 in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match in March 2008 against Maharashtra. His innings of 187 fell off just 142 balls, including 17 fours and eight sixes. Rahane’s record represented around two years before Tendulkar hit the twofold ton against South Africa.
IPL: Rahane was a part of the Mumbai Indians during the first few seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With them having a solid top-order, he found that it was hard to break in and played a couple of games across seasons. He was further brought by Rajasthan Royals, where Rahane played under his idol Rahul Dravid yet in 2015, his side was restricted from the tournament for two years and in the following year, he addressed another team Rising Pune Supergiants.
The first man to hit six fours in an over in T20 cricket: Using all his touch and grace, Rahane has stroked big runs in T20 cricket. When he crushed a ton against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2012, he had hit six fours in an over off the bowling of Sreenath Aravind. This was the first time somebody had done it in T20 cricket.
Meanwhile, subsequent to losing the WTC final to New Zealand, Team India is presently on a break and will then play a warm-up match on July 20. This will fill in as the groundwork for the five-Test series against the English, which will likewise stamp the beginning of the second WTC leg.