Ajinkya Rahane turns thirty-two today. He is one of the most underrated cricketers of this generation, he never got to the recognition he deserved. He plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL and has also represented India in many matches. He has played sixty-five test matches, ninety ODI’s and twenty T20I’s for his country.
He made his first-class debut at age of nineteen, he represented Mumbai in Ranji trophy and had an impressive average of 77.04 after 100 innings. Later on, he represented Indian in T20I against England, he was brought as a substitute for injured Shikhar Dhawan. He got selected in a series against West Indies in November 2011 but didn’t get a chance to play. Finally, he made his test debut on 22nd march 2013 against Australia, where he replaced Gautam Gambhir who himself was the replacement of Shikhar Dhawan.
Rahane’s test debut was not up to the mark as he scored two single-digit scores in two matches, still he got another chance in the next tour against South Africa where he played well and scored 209 runs at an average of 69.66 against a lethal bowling attack. His first ton came on 15th February against New Zealand. He scored 118 runs, still, India lost that test match because of Brendon McCullums’ famous triple century. He made his ODI debut on the 3rd of September 2011 against England. He has an average of 35.26 in ODI’s with 3, 100’s, and 24, 50 plus scores. he has several records to his name, some of which are as follows-
- He is 5th Indian batsman to score centuries in both innings of a test match.
- He has the record of the highest number of catches as a non-wicketkeeper player in a test match.
- 1st Indian player to score a century in world test championship.
- As well as he is the 1st Indian to be awarded “Player of the match” in the world test championship.
He has many achievements to his name, these were just a few of them. We wish him a very happy birthday as he turns 32 today.