Teams: Mumbai, Board Presidents XI, Rajasthan Royals, India, India A, Rest of India, West Zone, Indians, Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant, India C
Ajinkya Rahane is an Indian right-handed top-order batsman in limited-overs cricket and a a middle-order on in Tests. He is currently the vice-captain of the Indian Cricket Team in Test cricket. He made hgis first-class debut at the age of 19 for Mumbai against Karachi Urban in Mohammad Nissar trophy and went on to score a century in that match. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai in the 2007-2008 season. Rahane scored 1,089 runs in his second Ranji season (2008-09) to help Mumbai win their 38th title.
Rahane made his ODI debut against England at Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street on September 3, 2011, and scored 40 runs off 44 balls while opening in that match. Though he has rarely been consistent in ODIs, he has found a place in the national ODI side’s playing 11 on multiple occasions. He was part of India’s 2015 World Cup squad and played in the middle order but failed to deliver during crunch situations. That led to his omission from the squad. So far, he has scored 2,962 runs in 90 matches at an average of 35.26 and a strike rate of 78.63, with three centuries and 24 fifties.
Rahane made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut against Deccan Chargers at DY Patil Sports Complex in Mumbai on April 27, 2008, and was dismissed for a duck. He got limited opportunities while playing for Mumbai Indians and was picked up by Rajasthan Royals as Shane Warne (mentor and coach of RR) was impressed by his hitting skills during a match against Australia A. He rose to prominence under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid, as he scored well for Rajasthan Royals during that phase. Later, Rahane played for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017 seasons, when Rajasthan Royals was facing a 2-year ban. In 2018, Rahane was brought back by the Rajasthan franchise for Rs 4 crore using the Right-to-Match card. In 140 IPL matches he has played so far, Rahane has scored 3,820 runs at an average of 32.93 and a strike rate of 121.92. He has two centuries and 27 fifties against his name, with an unbeaten 105 in the 2019 edition being his best IPL score.
Rahane started his T20 International career against England at Old Trafford Manchester on August 31, 2011. He has scored a total of 375 runs in the 20 matches he has played at an average of 20.83 and a strike rate of 113.29, with one fifty. He played his last T20I match against Windies at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf ground in Florida on August 28, 2016.
He made his Test debut against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on March 22, 2013, He scored 7 runs in the first innings and one run in the second innings of that match. Despite his failure on debut, Rahane was included in the playing eleven for the first match of India's tour of South Africa (2013–14). Batting in the lower-middle order, he made 209 runs at an average of 69.66 in the series, including a 96 off 157 balls at Kingsmead in Durban against the bowling attack comprising Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. On 25 March 2017, Rahane became India's 33rd Test Captain when he led the team in the 4th Test against Australia in Dharamsala due to an injury to regular skipper Virat Kohli. He holds the record for the most number of catches by a non-wicketkeeper in a single Test match, and he is the 5th Indian batsman to score centuries in both innings of a Test match. He has amassed 3,488 runs in 56 innings at an average of 40.56, along with nine centuries and 17 fifties.