Ajinkya Rahane, the seasoned Indian cricketer, is determined to stage a comeback in the Indian Test squad. The Mumbai batter has set his eyes on playing 100 Test matches for his country. Currently leading Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, Rahane is focused on securing both the Ranji Trophy title and achieving the milestone of 100 Test matches.
Having made a comeback for the World Test Championship final last year, Rahane showcased resilience against Australia, contributing scores of 89 and 46 in the first and second innings, respectively. Despite his efforts, India faced challenges from the formidable Australian bowling attack. Rahane, reflecting on his goals, expressed his commitment to taking it one step at a time and performing well for Mumbai.
“My goal is to secure both the Ranji Trophy and the bigger objective of playing in 100 Test matches. I'm focused on performing well for Mumbai and taking each game one step at a time, says Rahane while speaking with the media.
However, in a recent Ranji Trophy match against Andhra Pradesh, Rahane was dismissed for a golden duck. Despite him leading Mumbai to a comfortable 10-wicket win, his performance has not been vocal. With 5077 runs in 85 Tests, Rahane aims to contribute significantly in the ongoing season. While he last scored a hundred in December 2020, his leadership has been instrumental in guiding Mumbai to a strong start to the season.
“It will be helpful for you," says Ajinkya Rahane
Explaining his decision to enforce the follow-on after bowling out Andhra Pradesh for 184, Rahane emphasised the rare opportunity of securing seven points. He believed that seizing such opportunities could prove advantageous in the unpredictable conditions of future matches. Expressing the importance of consistency in winning the Ranji Trophy, Rahane highlighted the need for sustained performance throughout the season.
“The decision was instinctive, as such opportunities are very rare. If you read the situation and sniff the opportunity for seven points, it will be helpful for you in the future, as you don't know how the wicket will be, the conditions will be, or how teams will form in the upcoming matches. You never know what will happen, says Rahane.
"So yesterday, I felt like if the bowlers will push themselves a bit and if we take two three early wickets, then it will become easier for us. It's been a very good start for us this season. The challenge is to be consistent because when you want to win the Ranji Trophy, it is all about being consistent throughout the time, he further added.
In the game, Andhra Pradesh, batting again, posted 244 runs in their second inning. Mumbai effortlessly chased down the 34-run target without losing a wicket and won the game. It’s worth noting that Rahane has been omitted from the upcoming Test series against England. He was not a part of the squad for the first two games. The five-match series will commence on January 25 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Here is how fans react to Ajinkya Rahane’s comments:
He Is Making Statement Like This To Draw attention⚠️ Of Selection committee members To pick him in Test Team Squad👨👨👧👧 But Looking Very Difficult To Pick him In Test Team Squad except on that case if He Would Do Unmatchable Batting 🔥 In Domestic cricket🏏— Ajay Gautam (@gautam_ajay007) January 16, 2024
Indian team have to follow a strategy to give Rahane chance in Sena condition and to give shreyas Iyer chance in Asian conditions— Kirkett (@bhaskar_sanu08) January 16, 2024
India me jokers ache he— Zara vibes ✨️ (@zaravibes303) January 16, 2024
Much better than overrated Shreyas in my book— Talha PCTFAN (@PctTalha) January 16, 2024
you've got to respect his ambition and drive - even though he hasn't played for India since last year, he's still focused on making a comeback and reaching that milestone of 100 Test matches.— Sonam Murarkar (@murarkar_sonam) January 16, 2024
Also to add in his last 20 innings he crossed 50, just three times.— Nirmal Roy (@nroy11) January 16, 2024
Certainly one of the Greats at a time ..It’s time from him to move on and open doors for the youngsters.— Nirmal Roy (@nroy11) January 16, 2024
Difficult all the best— Sankott (@Iamsankot) January 16, 2024
Hopefully, he will get a chance to complete 100 Tests for India but it looks impossible at the moment.— Shumaila Tanveer (@shumaila56_) January 16, 2024
Reaching 100 test required consistent performance. Can rahane find his form in Ranji Trophy and overcome the competition???— Simple man (@ArbazAh87590755) January 16, 2024
Ranji Trophy: Achievable. 100 Tests: Depends on how many times you skip net practice for "family time" with the trophy! — surviver666 (@surviver666) January 16, 2024
Sorry but 38 ki average vala player 100 test khelega to bahot ajib lagega— Viraj Kadam (@Virajkada46) January 16, 2024