Ajinkya Rahane will be an important player for India against NZ in the WTC final. In his Test career, Ajinkya Rahane has racked up an impressive 600 runs against NZ. India’s batting lineup will heavily rely on Rahane if the openers fail to deliver against NZ. That said, here are 3 of Ajinkya Rahane’s best knocks against NZ in his Test career:
1. 118 (2014)
Ajinkya Rahane’s exploits with the bat helped India post a total of 438 on the board against NZ in the 2nd Test of the 2014 Test series. In just 158 balls, Rahane racked up 118 runs in total. Rahane’s fiery knock featured a total of 14 boundaries and 1 six. In reply, NZ amassed a mammoth total of 680 on the board. Brendon McCullum's remarkable knock of 302 guided NZ to such a huge total. As a result, India needed 438 runs to win the 2nd Test. In the end, the 2nd Test resulted in a draw.
2. 188 (2016)
Ajinkya Rahane ran riot in the 3rd Test of the 2016 Test series between India and New Zealand. In 381 balls, Rahane amassed 188 runs in total. With the support of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane guided India to a total of 557. The Kiwis needed to chase 475 runs in order to win the 3rd Test match. However, NZ could only manage to muster a meager total of 153. In the end, India went on to win the 3rd Test match by a comprehensive margin of 321 runs.
3. 46 (2020)
India lost the 1st Test of the 2019 Test Series against New Zealand. India’s batsmen struggled right from the start of the 1st innings. Rahane’s knock of 46 somehow managed to keep India in the game. However, the damage was already done. The Kiwis only needed to score 9 runs to win the 1st Test of the 2019 Test series. A dismal performance by India’s batsmen cost them the 1st Test. In the end, New Zealand went on to win the 1st Test by a comfortable margin of 10 wickets.