Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane is an Indian professonal cricketer.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane, an Indian international cricketer, was born on June 6, 1988, in Ashwi KD, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. He is known for his calm demeanor on the field and his favorite shot, the cover drive. Rahane stands 5'6" tall and weighs around 60 kg. He made his mark in cricket with a domestic career that began impressively during the India U-19 tour of New Zealand in early 2007, where he scored two centuries. He made his first-class debut in September 2007 at the age of 19, for Mumbai against Karachi Urban, scoring a century on debut. His performance in the 2007–08 Duleep Trophy and subsequent Ranji seasons, including a score of 265 not out against Hyderabad, were crucial in his rise in domestic cricket. Rahane's international career commenced with his ODI debut against England on September 3, 2011, followed by his Test debut against Australia on March 22, 2013, and a T20 debut against England on August 31, 2011. Despite a modest start in his Test career, he established himself as a key player, particularly highlighted by his performance during India's tour of South Africa in 2013-14. One of his notable achievements includes scoring his second Test century at Lord's Cricket Ground during England's 2014 tour. In addition to his Test success, Rahane has been a key middle-order batsman for India in ODIs, although he has faced challenges in securing a permanent spot in limited-overs formats. He captained the Indian team in the absence of Virat Kohli for the first Test against New Zealand in November 2021 and has been part of several important tournaments, including the 2015 ICC World Cup and the 2014 World T20. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rahane, originally part of the Mumbai Indians, found significant success with Rajasthan Royals, where he was allowed to open the innings. His journey in T20 cricket includes stints with several teams, and he was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2023 auction. Off the field, Rahane comes from a middle-class family and is married to Radhika Dhopavkar since 2014. He is known for his dedication to cricket, humility, and a simple lifestyle. Rahane's cricket journey is marked by consistent performances and a strong work ethic, making him a respected figure in the cricketing world.
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