Ajinkya Rahane has achieved huge plaudits for his brilliant knock of 112 in the first innings of the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Melbourne. Having come into bat with the score reading 3/64, the middle-order batsman played a typical captain’s knock and batted throughout the day to ensure that India finished the day with an overall lead of 82 runs.
Rahane started the third day at the score of 104 but he could add just eight runs to his tally before he was unfortunately run-out. It all happened when Ravindra Jadeja, in an attempt to complete his half-century, called for a risky single, one that saw the Indian captain fall inches short of successfully completing it.
Rahane was adjudged ‘Run out’ but instead of showing any disappointment and angst, the right-hander consoled his partner, urging him to keep doing well, something that garnered him huge appreciation on social media.
The Mumbai batsman opened up about his run-out after the day’s play where he said that he initially thought that he had made his ground. He also revealed what he said to Ravindra Jadeja in its immediate aftermath.
”I initially thought I was in. I told him (Jadeja) not to worry about my run out and to do keep doing well” Rahane said.
‘This game is not over yet’- Ajinkya Rahane
Apart from his brilliant knock, Ajinkya Rahane’s proactive captaincy- his fielding placements and bowling changes- has earned him huge plaudits from one and all. The gritty batsman said that he believes in his instincts while captaining the team. He, however, heaped high praise on his bowlers for bowling in the right areas and applying consistent pressure on the Australian batsmen.
India has asserted themselves into a position of ascendency by claiming six wickets in the second innings but Rahane cautioned that the game is not over yet as they still need to wipe out the lower-tale, something that has been Team India’s nemesis over the years.
”Captaincy is all about backing your instinct. You’ve got to back your gut feeling. Credit to the bowlers, they bowled in the right areas. This game is not over yet, still have to get four more wickets,”