Ajinkya Rahane produced a masterclass after taking the reins at rock bottom for his team, but when it came to his best shot, the stand-in India skipper put his century ahead of Lord’s on the last attempt on Monday, against Australia. Rahane’s stylish 112 paved the way for India, taking a substantial 131-run lead in the first innings in the ongoing second Test against Australia, which was in all sorts of trouble at the end of the game on Day Three. ‘It was really special. Getting a century always is. I still feel like my hundred against England at Lord’s is my best, ‘Rahane said after the day’s play.
The humble Indian joined the Lord’s Honors Board when he hit an elegant 103 of 154 balls during the Indian team’s tour of England in 2014. Just days after a humiliating defeat in the series opener at Adelaide Oval, Rahane received praise of the squad. cricket fraternity for the way he treated his bowlers and his field placements in Melbourne.
“Captaincy is all about supporting your instincts. You have to support your gut feeling. Thanks to the bowlers, they bowl in the right areas,” he added.
After his attempt with the bat, his bowlers brought India into sight of a series-leveling victory by reducing Australia to 133 for six in their second innings.
When asked about the game, he preferred to be careful. “This game isn’t over yet, I need four more wickets.”
Rahane led the team in the absence of Virat Kohli and entered the game after losing veteran pacer Mohammed Shami and was also blamed for Kohli’s running out in Adelaide.
On Monday, however, it was Rahane who found himself on the receiving end after what appeared to be an unnecessary call from Ravindra Jadeja, which led to his resignation.
Asked about his run out, Rahane said, “I thought I was in at first. I told him (Jadeja) not to worry about my running out and keep doing it right.”
Jadeja then scored his 15th Test fifty, but got out after reaching the milestone.
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