Ajinkya Rahane met his wife and daughter after months and was cheered by a large number of cricket fans. Flowers were showered on him while the sound of dhol and trumpets made it a festive atmosphere.
After leading India to a historic 2-1 Test series win Down Under, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane landed in Mumbai on Thursday morning. As expected, he received a hero’s welcome on his arrival at home.
Ajinkya Rahane Cheered By Cricket Fans On Mumbai Streets
A huge number of cricket fans gathered on the Mumbai streets to cheer for Ajinkya Rahane who met his wife and daughter after several months. Amid the vibrant chants of ‘aala re aala Ajinkya aala‘, flowers were showered on him while dhol and trumpets made it a festive atmosphere.
Ajinkya Rahane showed utmost patience in keeping the side galvanized amid injury woes. He was the guiding light for the youngsters like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and T Natarajan who stepped up in the absence of senior players and gave their best to outclass the Aussies in their own backyard.
It wasn’t an easy tour for the Indians as they were subjected to racial abuses during the last two games. Amidst all these odds, Ajinkya Rahane led from the front, kept his men together and returned home as the second Asian captain after Virat Kohli to have registered a Test series win on the Australian soil.
Indians were struggling to field even an XI in the 4th Test as key players were injured and also faced full-strength Australia at Gabba, Brisbane which is an invincible venue where Australia have not lost in over 30 years. But they overcame all odds defeating Australia as likes of youngsters Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj rose to the occasion besides valiant contributions of Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur.
Ajinkya Rahane Along With 4 Members Of Indian Team Arrived In Mumbai
Earlier today, four more members of the Indian team, along with Ajinkya Rahane, arrived in Mumbai. As per reports, they have been advised to remain in seven-day home quarantine. Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Prithvi Shaw and head coach Ravi Shastri were the other members who landed this morning.
T Natarajan, who was originally picked as a net bowler but became the first Indian cricketer to make his international debut across all three formats during the same tour, landed in Bengaluru and then took off for his village in Tamil Nadu’s Salem.