The Bizarre Rahane


Have you heard of a batsman more bizarre than Ajinkya Rahane in Indian cricket?? I will start enumerating why

3. Every single Indian batsman right from the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and even MS Dhoni could easily become adapted to ODIs but couldn’t make much of a mark in test cricket ? But look at Ajinkya Rahane. He has a test average of 43 but a very ordinary ODI average of 35.

2. Indian batsmen post the retirement of India’s famous four have been criticised for having a very dismal record overseas. The inability of Indian batsmen to play the short ball abroad has often raised a lot of eyebrows. This deficiency has been attributed to made-to-order batting tracks at home where the ball doesn’t rise much to which our batsmen are very much had to. The likes of Rahul Dravid had to play English county cricket to get over this deficiency. The current crop of young Indian cricketers are fabulous during their IPL stints and even during home series against very tough teams. But when they are allowed to play outside Asia, their batting chinks come out in the open against quality pacemen. But Ajinkya Rahane is a fine exception. His overseas average is 53 while his domestic is only around 35. He has easily scored hundreds in New Zealand, South Africa, England against top quality pace attacks. But interestingly, he has struggled to get used to batting tracks at home even against very poor teams like Sri Lanka. His dismal performance in the home series against the island nation put his place in danger.

3. He has been the captain for both Test and ODIs but never had an assured place in the team. Usually captaincy is conferred on a player in full recognition of his usefulness and indispensability to the team. Rahane is currently the vice captain of the test team but to everyone’s surprise was dropped for the first two tests in South Africa.

Whatever one may say about Rahane, his ability to adapt to challenging overseas conditions cannot be denied at all. His tutorship under Rahul Dravid has endowed him with a very effective technique. Though his inconsistency is often a problem, the Indian team needs to realise that he has never been given a steady place to find his feet in ODIs. He has been asked to bat up and down the order whenever he found himself a bit settled at a spot. He is often known for his role as a domestic opener but rarely been given that opportunity. In my opinion, the team needs to repose some faith in this extraordinary talent, give him a bit longer rope and ensure that he ends up the next Rahul Dravid of India. This will help not only him but the entire Indian cricket future totally.