Ajinkya Rahane Enjoying His Time off the Field With Wife
One of the mainstays of the Indian middle order especially in the longest format of the game. Ajinkya Rahane who hasn’t been included in the Indian squad for the T20I series against Australia is enjoying his time off the field by holidaying with his beloved wife Radhika Dhopavkar in Seychelles. On Friday, Rahane’s wife posted Instagram stories of them on their way to Seychelles. Rahane grabbed his opportunity in the ODI series with both hands by smashing four consecutive half-centuries and got India off to solid starts with Rohit Sharma at the top of the order.
He got his opportunity in the absence of regular opener Shikhar Dhawan who missed the series to be present with his ailing wife. The exclusion of Rahane from the T20I’s didn’t go down well with many of his fans and former cricketers. Sunil Gavaskar even questioned the inclusion of KL Rahul ahead of Rahane especially when the former didn’t play a single match in the ODI series.
Rahane after missing out in the 1st ODI made a sensational comeback in the next four matches as he laid the foundation for the home team with Rohit Sharma. He was the 2nd highest run-getter of the tournament behind his opening partner Rohit Sharma. While Rahane scored 244 runs in the five matches, Rohit accumulated 296 runs in the five-match series.
Rahane was also in sublime touch during the ODI series in Windies following the Champions Trophy and was also awarded the Player of the Series Award. Despite his heroics which helped India win the series by a 3-1 margin, Rahane was overlooked for the ODI series in Sri Lanka and got his opportunity in a solitary match.
Rahane told the reporters that he respected the selector’s decision and supported the competitive set up in the dressing room. India now has a huge pool of players to choose which has helped them rise above the rest in the last year or so. Rahane has appeared for the national team in 20 T20I matches and has scored just 375 runs at an unimpressive average of 20.83.
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