India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane has drawn words of praises for his stellar effort as his side beat Australia in the second Test to level the four-match series. Ajinkya Rahane’s 12th Test century in the first innings of the second Test helped the tourists take a significant lead and ultimately win the match. To add to that, the 32-year old has his name for the second time in the MCG honours board.
Against all odds, Ajinkya Rahane’s magnificent 112 off 223 deliveries helped India post 326 in the first innings after bowling out Australia for 195. The tourists fought back in style after sustaining an embarrassing defeat in the first Test in Adelaide, where Australia bundled out India for 36 – their lowest Test total. Moreover, they were also without Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami. However, they overcame everything to level the four-match rubber.
Ajinkya Rahane not only received the man of the match for his century in Melbourne but also got his name engraved on the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s honours board. It is the second time it took place since Rahane hit a century in Melbourne back in 2014 too, making 147 runs. The right-handed batsman has his name carved along with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Ijaz Ahmed, Jacques Kallis, Alec Stewart, Yousuf Youhana, Alastair Cook, and many others.
After leading from the front with a fantastic ton in the Boxing Day Test against Australia, @ajinkyarahane88 has his name engraved on the MCG Honours Board for the second time. 👏👏#TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/z7vDe5dG4U
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane becomes the second Indian to hit two centuries at the MCG:
Rahane is also the second Indian batsman after Vinoo Mankad to score two centuries at the MCG. The Maharashtra-born batsman currently has 379 runs in three Tests, averaging over 70, making it a haven for him. While India has the momentum on its side, Australia will look for answers, mainly in their batting department to bounce back and take a lead in Sydney.