Indian stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane performed an imposing performance with a bat on the second day of his Boxing Day test against Australia in Melbourne. He recorded a test of the 12th century to get India to the driver’s seat by stumps, with India leading the host by 82 points.
Rahane retained 104 undefeated in 200 deliveries. He also became the second Indian cricketer to score a ton in his first match as captain in Australia. More importantly, his valuable knock helped his visitors get out of a 64/3 unstable situation after losing both overnight hitters Shubman Gill (45) and Cheteshwar Pujara (17) in 11 ball spaces.
After the match, captain Virat Kohli, who returned home on parenting leave, welcomed Rahane’s outstanding innings for MCG’s powerful Aussies through his social media account.
“Another good day for us. Best appropriate test cricket. This is Jinx’s best knock.”
Former Indian player Youbrazi Singh also praised La Hane for his innings. He said, “The captain’s hundred points symbol is his personality @ ajinkyarahane88, even on the spot, hard, gritty, and calm like a sharp heart! @imjadeja Cool, how good is the hit that lowers his order. Good start from @RealShubmanGill! We are looking for a decent lead.”
Virender Sehwag also visited Twitter to celebrate Rahane’s alleged knock. Sehwag wrote “Hundreds of @ajinkyarahane88, determination and rank” on Twitter.
Irfan Pathan, former Indian left-arm pacing player, also praised Rahane’s tough blow. He wrote: “The @ajinkyarahane88’s Solid 100 has led the side well now. The Indian team is now in the driver’s seat.”
Fomer Indian cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Kaif also appreciated the way Rahane anchored Indian innings and made captain knocks.
In the stump of Day 2, which started early due to the rain, Rahane was bullish at 104 and what gave him the company was Ravindra Jadeja at 40, and the two added a game-changing 104-run partnership for the sixth. window.