Ajinkya Rahane: The Indian captain’s stellar innings has handed his team a significant advantage at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Melbourne, India captain Ajinkya Rahane stood tall on his potential to register his 12th Test century in circumstances which can turn thing around for the Indian team.
Rahane, whose last Test century had come more than a year ago against South Africa at home, had scored his last Test century in a SENA country at the same venue but six years ago.
Rahane, who promoted himself at No. 4 in the absence of Virat Kohli, batted in a daunting situation as India lost Shubman Gill (45) and Cheteshwar Pujara (17) in quick succession.
Having steadied the innings alongside Hanuma Vihari (21), Rahane gave impressions of looking solid and determined. Been amidst questions of his place in the side for the last two hours or so, the right-hand batsman appeared to not give away his start, at lease this time.
Rahane, who completed his half-century in the 62nd over, made it a point to keep one end intact despite India losing Vihari and Rishabh Pant (29).
In an innings which rarely saw Rahane taking any unwanted risk or becoming a victim to the short ball, the 32-year old player played deliveries according to their merit.
It was on the fourth delivery of the 88th over that Rahane hit a boundary off Australia vice-captain Pat Cummins to complete his half-century.
Ajinkya Rahane scores 12th Test century
.@ajinkyarahane88 shows Test match batting is about swallowing your ego. Lie low for the first two sessions, show your swagger in the final session. Mumbai ishtyle Test batting. Top effort skipper, kudos!
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 27, 2020
Sometimes you see a performance that mirrors a player’s character. This century by @ajinkyarahane88 did just that. He can be so proud of this innings.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 27, 2020
Well played @ajinkyarahane88 ..of course class is permanent & so is ‘B’bay’s Khadus School of batting’…Ind though has a mountain to climb to wipe out Adelaide avalanche…for now Test Crkt thrives..& how..!!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) December 27, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) December 27, 2020
A look at the Honours Board at the G.
.@ajinkyarahane88 scored a Test century in 2014 and here he is today all set to get his name engraved again.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 27, 2020
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) December 27, 2020
— Trent Copeland (@copes9) December 27, 2020
Brilliant hundred by @ajinkyarahane88 .
Determination and class.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 27, 2020
A captains 💯 solid , gritty and calm just like his personality @ajinkyarahane88 sharp mind in field setting aswell ! @imjadeja looking great how good has he become batting lowerdown the order for🇮🇳 ! Great start for @RealShubmanGill ! We are looking good for a decent lead 👊🏽
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 27, 2020
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2020
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) December 27, 2020
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) December 27, 2020
First Test – runs out his captain, reviews a plumb lbw, one of the 36 all out.
Second Test – takes over as captain, scores a hundred, celebrates as if he’s scored a 50 in a warm-up match.
It’s Ajinkya Rahane.
— Simon Mann (@Cricket_Mann) December 27, 2020
Stand up and applaud your captain, India.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) December 27, 2020
Absolute gem from Rahane. A captain’s innings in all sense. He had scored a blazing hundred at MCG six years ago, but this is innings of much higher quality on a tough pitch and against one of the great bowling attacks
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) December 27, 2020
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 27, 2020
Well played @ajinkyarahane88 ! 👏🏻👏🏻
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) December 27, 2020
They also serve those who stand and wait.. @ajinkyarahane88 epitomises the undaunted spirit of the Mumbaikar. All those hours on the early morning Mumbai local to and fro to practise makes you a tough cookie! Super 100 by a top class player and fine man! Salute! #INDvsAUS
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) December 27, 2020
.@ajinkyarahane88 playing the innings of a lifetime
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 27, 2020
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