Ajinkya Rahane has taken the Test arena by storm and has already cemented his place as one of the best Test players in the world. His solid Technique has fetched him success all over the world and has been a reliant middle order batsman in his short Test career. However in ODI’s the story has been different.
Rahane couldn’t replicate the same success in the ODI arena as he did in the Test matches. Rahane made his ODI debut against England at Chester-le-street. He looked impressive in that tour as an opener and scored couple of half centuries. However, that was not enough to cement his spot in the side. Later when he was given consecutive chances as an opener Rahane didn’t do a great job but still did a good job as an opener.
Rahane was later given the role of a Middle order batsman, since Rohit Sharma was made the opener, where he is successful. The job got tougher for Rahane but he couldn’t perform to his best as a middle order batsman with consistent poor performances.
Rahane has played 58 ODI’s and has scored 1705 runs with a moderate average of 31.00. It’s really surprising that Rahane couldn’t transform the same success in ODI’s as he did in the Tests. The biggest let down for Rahane in ODI’s is that he finds it difficult to rotate the strike on consistent basis that founds him wanting. Rahane’s major success in ODI’s came as an opener scoring just 2 centuries and he couldn’t add another as an middle order batsman which showcases his struggle as a middle order batsman. Rahane’s Zimbabwe wasn’t a successful one either with just scoring one half century that too in his favourite opening slot.
The alarm bells are ringing for the Mumbai batsman as the likes of Rayudu are performing regularly and his place in the Indian team is under danger. At the moment Rahane doesn’t seem to be a good option for India in limited overs format as the likes of Rayudu averages way higher than him and has been consistent and his place is up for grabs.