India star Ajinkya Rahane has said his century against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last month was more special than his ton at the Lord’s against England in 2014. The batting star’s century in Melbourne came after he took charge of the team following the humiliating defeat in the first Test in Adelaide.
After the series-opener, Virat Kohli had returned home to attend the birth of his first child and the onus was on Ajinkya Rahane to lift the team. And the right-handed batsman did that in style. He led from the front in the Boxing Day Test, producing a stunning hundred as India beat the hosts by eight wickets to draw level in the four-match series.
After his 112 in the Boxing Day Test, Rahane had said his century at Lord’s was his best. However, the 32-year-old said he didn’t quite realise the value of his Melbourne effort that eventually became a building block for India’s 2-1 series win against Australia.
“For me whenever I get runs and when we win. I think for me that is something really special. Winning the Test match and winning the series is the priority for me rather than my own achievements,” Ajinkya Rahane told Sports Today.
“But yes Melbourne Test hundred was really special. I said in Melbourne that my Lord’s hundred was special but many people told me that I think Melbourne hundred was better than my Lord’s hundred.
“I did not know how to react to that. But now I realised, given the circumstances after the Adelaide Test match, Melbourne Test was really crucial for the series and yes I thought Melbourne innings was really special,” he added.
Ajinkya Rahane went on to lead the team to a famous series win. The third Test in Sydney ended in a famous draw for India before the tourists condemned Australia to their first defeat at the Gabba in 32 years.
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