Ajinkya Rahane, a right-handed top-order batsman from Mumbai is a perfect combination of talent, consistency and aggression. Rahane is widely praised by Dhoni for his batting technique, commitment and discipline to the game.
Ajinkya didn’t have the best of debuts but only in his third Test, Rahane scored fifties in both innings in Durban. He was often the man for India away from home in a crisis, he showed that in his maiden Test ton in New Zealand. It was his brilliant century on a green deck at Lord’s in 2014 that really made the world take notice. It set up India’s first win at the venue in 28 years.
He has been in and out of the ODI side far too often for a player of his caliber. His 79 against South Africa in the 2015 World Cup was particularly eye-catching.
Rahane is very comfortable against both pace and spin.
Rahane is also a very good fielder, who has good reflexes and anticipation. On 15 August 2015, he broke the record of most catches in a test match when he took 8 catches in the first test against Sri Lanka at Galle. He last captained the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL after Steven Smith’s involvement in the infamous sandpaper gate.