|Full name||Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane|
5 June 1988 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium|
|Test debut (cap 278)||22 March 2013 v Australia|
|Last Test||14-18 February 2014 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 191)||3 September 2011 v England|
|Last ODI||5 March 2014 v Afghanistan|
|ODI shirt no.||27|
|T20I debut (cap 39)||31 August 2011 v England|
|Last T20I||28 December 2012 v Pakistan|
|T20I shirt no.||27|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 30 December 2013|
Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane (Marathi: अजिंक्य रहाणे) (born 5 June 1988) is an Indian international cricketer. He represents Mumbai in domestic competitions and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He also represents Indian Oil in Times cricket shield. He is a right-handed batsman, who made his international debut against England at Manchester in August 2011 and made his Test debut against Australia in March 2013. He is managed by Gaames Unlimited
He is also a karate black belt. Rahane made his first-class debut in 2007-08 season and averaged 62.04 after 100 first-class innings. He made his T20I debut at Manchester on 31 August 2011 and scored 61 in that match. He scored 40 on his ODI debut in September 2011. After he showed promise in the series, he was drafted into the Test squad. But, he remained a part of India's Test squads for about 16 months, unable to break into the playing eleven. With opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan injuring his fingers in his first Test, Rahane finally made his Test debut in the 2013 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Rahane has cleared his SSC from SV Joshi High School, Dombivli. Rahane have his native at Chandanapuri, Sangamner Dist.- Ahmednagar(Maharashtra)
Rahane made his first-class debut for Mumbai against Karachi Urban in the Mohammad Nissar Trophy in September 2007, at Karachi, when most of the first-choice Mumbai players were unavailable for various reasons. Opening the innings with Sahil Kukreja, he scored a century on debut 143 (207) against the Karachi urban attack comprising Anwar Ali. They notched up an opening partnership of 247, as Kukreja also scored 110.
He made his Ranji Trophy debut for his First-class side Mumbai in the 2007/2008 season. His wonderful Ranji season followed an impressive showing in the 2007–08 Duleep Trophy, where he scored 172 against an England Lions attack comprising Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Steve Kirby and Liam Plunkett He continued to impress in domestic cricket, scoring three hundreds each in the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons of the Ranji Trophy. He is one of the only 11 players to have scored more than 1000 runs in a single Ranji Trophy season. As of 27 December 2010, he averaged a high 69.01 in first-class cricket, which currently places him 4th on the list of all-time highest first class batting averages. Two centuries in the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia brought him a place in the India ODI squad for the tour of England in 2011.
In the first match of 2013–14 Ranji Trophy against Haryana at Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Rohtak, he scored a fighting 51 in the 1st innings to take the score to 136, and secure a 2-run lead on a seaming track against the likes of Joginder Sharma and Mohit Sharma. In the match against Vidarbha at Wankhede Stadium, he scored 133 in the 2nd innings, and building up a 260-run 2nd wicket partnership with opener-wicket keeper Aditya Tare, who also scored 172 against an attack led by speedster Umesh Yadav, as Mumbai finally won the match by 338 runs.
Rahane made his List A debut for Mumbai against Delhi in the Ranji One-day Trophy in March 2007, at Delhi. Scoring 61 runs on debut he was instrumental in 171 runs match winning opening partnership with former Indian opener and Mumbai senior pro, Wasim Jaffer. This was before his Ranji Trophy Debut. He progressed through the Mumbai ranks and has also been a part of the Indian U-19 team and the India 'A'. Ajinkya Rahane has also turned out for India Blue & Green in the Challenger Series, and West Zone in the Duleep Trophy.
He was a part of the Indian Test squad that toured Australia in 2011–12, however he did not get a Test cap. Due to the star studded batting line-up of Indian Test Team comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag at top, he has been unable to find the spot in Indian Test team despite several good performances in domestic cricket as well as in India-A tours. He was also a part of the Test squad of England tour of India 2012–13. He made his debut in Test cricket on 22 March 2013 against Australia in the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium Delhi, India.
Rahane batted at number 6 position in the India tour of South Africa, 2013/14 and made 209 runs at an average of 69.66 against the bowling attack comprising Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. Rahane made his first test ton against New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand on 15 February 2014.
- Test Centuries
|Ajinkya Rahane's Test centuries|
|1||118||5||158||17||1||New Zealand||Away||Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand||2014||Draw|
Indian Premier League (IPL)
Rahane rose to prominence in the Premier League world in IPL 2012 season for Rajasthan Royals. He hit a match-winning 98 in his first game of IPL 2012 against Kings XI Punjab and followed that up with an unbeaten 103 against Royal Challengers Bangalore with 6 boundaries in one over against Sreenath Aravind – his first IPL hundred. His 84 off 63 balls against Delhi Daredevils was in vain though, as they lost by just one run.
- Ajinkya Rahane | India Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
- "Mohammed Nissar Trophy:Karachi Urban v Mumbai at Darwin, 8–11 September 2007". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
- – Highest Career First-class Batting Averages
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- "Ranji Oneday Trophy:2nd Quarter Final :Delhi v Mumbai at Delhi, 18 March 2007". Retrieved 2012-06-09.
- "4th match: Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab at Jaipur, Apr 6, 2012". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- "18th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals at Bangalore, Apr 15, 2012". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- "39th match: Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals at Delhi, Apr 29, 2012". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
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