Ajinkya Rahane has been a reliable batsman for India in overseas Test. He has been the flag-bearer of some of India’s famous Test victory away from home. One such victory came in 2014, when India beat England by 95 runs in the second Test to register a famous victory at Lord’s, after a win drought of 1124 days in overseas condition.
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Asked to bat, India scored 295 runs in the first innings, with Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with 103 runs. His 154-ball knock was laced with 15 boundaries and one hit over the fence. For England, James Anderson picked up four wickets. In response, England scored 319 runs in their first essay with Garry Ballance notching up a brilliant century.
In the second innings, India scored 342 runs, setting a target of 319 runs to chase for the home side. But thanks to a seven-wicket haul from Ishant Sharma, the English side were bundled out for 223 runs as India recorded a famous win at Lord’s.
Ajinkya Rahane: Lord’s win was like a dream come true
Ajinkya Rahane recalled the win at Lord’s and shared some pictures from the match on Twitter. The middle-order batsman said determination and staying in present has been his mantras when he walks into bat, adding the victory was like a dream come true. For Rahane, Test cricket holds a special place in his heart as its joy, love and passion can never be replaced.
“Determination and staying in present are my mantras whenever I walk in to bat. That day was no different, and it’s a memory that I shall cherish for life. Lord’s win was like a dream come true for all. The joy, love and passion for test cricket can never be replaced!,” Ajinkya Rahane tweeted.
Rahane has played 65 Tests for India. He has scored 4203 runs at an average of 42.88 with 11 centuries and 22 half-centuries under his belt.