Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane (born 6 June 1988) is an Indian international cricketer. He plays for Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League. He was the captain of Rajasthan Royal until April 20, 2019. In 2018 IPL, Rajasthan qualified for playoffs under the captaincy of Rahane. He plays primarily as a middle-order batsman in the Test format and top-order in batsman in one-day forms of cricket. He is currently the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team in Test cricket.
Rahane was born in Ashwi KD, Ahmednagar district to Madhukar Baburao Rahane and Sujata Rahane. The family came from the village of Chandanapuri, Tal-Sangamner. He has a younger brother and sister, Shashank and Apurva Rahane. At the age of seven, Madhukar Rahane took Ajinkya to a small coaching camp with a matting wicket in Dombivli, as they could not afford proper coaching. From the age of 17, he took coaching from former India batsman Pravin Amre. Rahane cleared his Secondary School Certificate from SV Joshi High School, Dombivli. Apart from a great cricketer, Ajinkya Rahane is also a karate black belt.
Records by Rahane –
- Ajinkya Rahane became the first and only batsman to hit six fours in an over in T20 cricket. In IPL 2012, Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener Rahane smashed six fours in the 14th over of the innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
- Ajinkya Rahane became 5th Indian batsmen to score centuries in both innings of a Test match. It was the Test match between India and South Africa at Delhi in December 2015 where Rahane scored 127 runs in the first innings and also scored 100* runs in the second innings.
- Ajinkya Rahane took 8 catches in a Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle in August 2015. It was the highest catches taken by any fielder (non-wicketkeeper) in a Test match. Rahane took 3 catches in the first innings and other 5 in the second innings.
- In May 2016, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) recommended Ajinkya Rahane’s name for the Arjuna Award 2016.
- He has scored 3488 runs with an average of 40.56 in just 56 Test Matches, 2962 runs with an average of 35.26 in 90 One-day matches, and 375 runs with an average of 20.83 in 20 T20 matches.