There was barely anything on the cricket ground that Ajinkya Rahane did not do for the Indian team from chief supporting the innings to keeping behind the wickets in the truancy of a pundit wicketkeeper to even skippering the side to glory. But subsequent his retirement in 2012, India has definitely struggled to notice a team member who can precisely be considered his inheritor.
Then came up the brackets the batsman from Mumbai, Ajinkya Rahane. He has been circling in the Indian Cricket outline for a few years now. He has an immense record in state cricket. But he really made a name for himself after he did fascination for Rajasthan Royals. His budding to play at the towering level was clearly been seen. As a person, Rahane exhibits a quiet majesty similar to that of Dravid. Soft-spoken (Often reserved), inhibited and yet affable, Rahane comes out as a genuinely delightful guy. He’s seldom involved in conflicts or controversies on and off the field, and maintains his heart on cricket. ‘Getting on with the game,’ is the mantra to triumph in present day cricket. So far, Rahane has shined in all three formats of the sport, thanks to his exceptional ability to read the game and step his innings suitably.
Ajinkya Rahane the present wall of cricket
What is even more splendid is that he’s done well in various conditions: From the flat pitches in the subcontinents to the bouncy tracks in England and South Africa. He’s no slump in the field either. Even when he is unsuccessful to fire with the bat, his intensity and enthusiasm on the field never trembles.
‘Getting on with the game,’ is the mantra to succeed in modern cricket. So far, Rahane has excelled in all three formats of the game, thanks to his remarkable ability to read the game and pace his innings accordingly. What is even more impressive is that he’s done well in diverse conditions: From the flat tracks in the subcontinents to the bouncy pitches in South Africa and England. He’s no slouch in the field either. Even when he fails to fire with the bat, his sharpness and dedication on the field never wavers.
Rahane is no different from Dravid as a team player as well. He’s had to work very rigid to cement his position in the starting XI amongst his flamboyant teammates and he’s had to make several surrenders along the way. However, the lad from Mumbai has taken all of it in his march. His preparedness to play at divergent positions and alter his game according to the team’s needs shows his marvellous adaptability. The other crucial feature of Rahane’s game came into the public notice when he captained the Indian nation during Zimbabwe’s tour of India earlier this year.
Not only was he able to secure the series 2-1, but also finished fourth amid the Indian batsmen with respect to utmost number of runs attained in the series. The team was in short of the presence of any experienced cricketer, and the way Rahane ushered his team was truly laudable to say the least. When Rahul Dravid applaud someone for their expertise, patience and bravery, you know he means it. Not only has the late Indian captain lauded Rahane for his potential, he has personally supervised his progression during his time with the Rajasthan Royals team. Several other former cricketers have also collated Rahane’s nature to Dravid’s ruthless displays.
A comparison to great Rahul Dravid can be a bit premature for Rahane, but taking into account the talent and allegiance he has shown, he is clearly the best prospect to take over from The Wall.