Ajinkya Rahane

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Ajinkya Rahane is an orthodox breed of player who is different from the slam-bang cricketers of today. He possesses a wide variety of classic shots and his style of playing is pretty unique.

Ajinkya Rahane – Biography

This outstanding cricketer grew up learning cricket on the playing grounds of Mumbai. Mumbai grounds have been known to churn out many renowned cricketers who’ve gone on to represent the country internationally.;

Likewise, Ajinkya Rahane’s journey to the top has been quite remarkable. Throughout the years, the Mumbai batsman has worked very hard to make a unique identity with his rock solid and steady technique.;

The former captain of Australia, Steve Waugh, has compared the player to the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. This is precisely because of his temperament, range of shots along with his compact technique.

Ajinkya Rahane Profile

Full name: Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane’s Birthday / Ajinkya Rahane’s Date Of Birth: 6th June 1988

Ajinkya Rahane’s Height: 5 feet 6 inch

Nationality: Indian

Role: Right-handed/Batsman and Right-arm medium bowler


Mother - Sujata Rahane

Father - Madhukar Baburao Rahane

Sister - Apurva Rahane

Brother - Shashank Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane’s Wife / Spouse - Radhika Dhopavkar

Ajinkya Rahane Stats (Batting)

ODIs 90 2962 87 3 3767 78.63 35.26 24 3 111 33 293 0 48
TESTs 65 4203 109 11 8400 50.03 42.88 22 11 188 29 475 0 81
T20Is 20 375 20 2 331 113.29 20.83 1 0 61 6 32 0 16
T20s 196 4988 188 20 4167 119.70 29.69 35 2 105* 94 518 0 82
LIST A 167 6054 163 10 0 - 39.56 42 10 187 0 0 0 80
FIRST-CLASS 145 10881 246 25 20130 54.05 49.23 49 33 265* 72 1329 0 148

Ajinkya Rahane Stats (Bowling)

ODIs 90 - 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
TESTs 65 - 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
T20Is 20 - 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
T20s 196 1 1 1 5 5.00 5.00 1/5 0 0
LIST-A 167 7 2 3 43 6.14 14.33 2/36 0 0
FIRST-CLASS 145 18 9 0 75 4.16 - 0 0 0

Along The Years: Journey Of A Rahane

Year Achievement Age
2007 First-Class debut for Mumbai 19
2011 T20 debut for India vs England 23
2011 ODI debut for India vs England 23
2012 Bought by Rajasthan Royals 24
2012 Maiden IPL century 24
2013 Test debut for India vs Australia 25
2014 Maiden Test Ton vs New Zealand 26
2014 Made a Test ton on the first facade at Lord's 26
2016 Went to Rising Pune Supergiants 28
2016 Won Arjuna Award 28
2018 Came back to Rajasthan Royals by RTM card 30
2019 Bought by Delhi Capitals for IPL 2020 31


  • Rahane is the 4th batsman from India to score a test century in his first appearance at Lord’s.
  • He is also the 1st Indian to have scored a century in the World Test Championship.
  • He is the 1st Indian to be awarded ‘Player of the Match’ in the World Test Championship.
  • He is the 3rd Indian batsman to score 100 runs on debut in county cricket after Piyush Chawla and Murali Vijay.
  • He is also the 9th Indian player to have won his 1st test match as captain.
  • Rahane is the only non-wicketkeeper to have recorded eight catches in a single Test match.
  • He became the 5th Indian batsman to score centuries in both innings of a test match.


  • He was named in Cricinfo IPL XI for the year 2015
  • Became CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year: 2014–15
  • Was named in Cricinfo CLT20 XI for the year 2013
  • Received M A Chidambaram Trophy as the best Under-19 cricketer in 2006–07


Ajinkya Rahane’s IPL Career

Rahane’s IPL career has been quite fruitful and his performances have been consistent till now. In the initial years, he used to play for his home franchise, i.e., Mumbai Indians. He did not get many opportunities to play as he was an uncapped rookie player at the time.

The Mumbaikar started to show consistency in his IPL career after he shifted to Rajasthan Royals. To date, he has played for Rising Pune Supergiant, Rajasthan Royals, and Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Due to a lack of playing opportunities in Mumbai Indians, he moved to the Rajasthan Royals in 2012. In the first match of that particular season, he scored a match-winning 98.

The 2012 IPL season was his breakthrough year in the tournament, as he gathered over 550 runs at a healthy strike rate to announce his arrival at the big stage.

This also includes his maiden IPL century. From the year 2012 to 16, Rahane has been one of the most consistent performers in the tournament’s history.

He struggled a bit with the Rising Pune Supergiants but managed to provide flying starts to the franchise quite often.


In 2015, he was appointed as the captain for T20s and ODIs for the Zimbabwe tour.

In March 2017, he was appointed as the captain of the test team in the 4th test against Australia due to Virat Kohli’s injury. India won that particular match by 8 wickets to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Rahane started playing cricket from the age of 7. Before he got selected to play for the Mohammad Nissar Trophy in Karachi, he played a U-19 match representing India against New Zealand.

Also, he made his 1st-class debut for Mumbai at the age of 19 years. He played his 1st international T20I match against England in the year 2011.

He scored his first test century against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve. Additionally, he was chosen as the captain of Team India for the 4th test against Australia in 2017.

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