Born on 6th June 1988 in Ashwi KD, Ahmed Nagar district to father Madhukar Baburao Rahane, a civil engineer who works at BEST, and mother Sujata Rahane, Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane is the oldest of three siblings. He also has a younger brother Shashank and a younger sister Apurva.
As they could not afford better his father had taken him to a cricket camp in Dombivli with a matting wicket when he was about seven years old. His mother used to take him there on foot while carrying his kit bag and his younger brother because they were unable to pay for an auto ride every day.
After obtaining his Secondary School Certificate from SV Joshi High School in Dombivli, Ajinkya would be in his third-year of B.Com when he would be finally called to join the Indian Test team.
At 17 years of age, Ajinkya Rahane began training under former India batsman Pravin. His training was good because, during India U-19’s tour of New Zealand in early 2007, he scored two centuries. Thereafter, he got selected for the Mohammad Nissar Trophy in Pakistan. This was his first-class debut match against Karachi Urban in 2007, September, where he scored 143. Subsequently, he scored 172 against the England Lions and then made his debut for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. The team won the title with 1089 runs for two consecutive seasons, Ajinkya scored three centuries. By the end of the third season, he crossed 1000 runs. During the 2009-10 seasons, while playing against Hyderabad, he scored a first class top score of 265 runs (not out). His final qualifier for the Indian team came when he scored 152 runs in the 2011 Irani Trophy match against Rajasthan. The Indian ODI team picked him up after he scored two centuries in the Emerging Players Tournament against Australia in the same year.
Followed by his ODI debut on September 3, 2011, against England during the NatWest Series, Ajinkya Rahane made his international debut for India with a half-century in a T20 against England on August 31, 2011. Despite a great start, he was not impressive in the ODI and the T20 series that took place against Sri Lanka, West Indies, England, and Pakistan. Ajinkya had to wait for 16 months before his debut due to poor performance in limited-over games as he was called into the Test Squad against the West Indies in November of 2011. Seven of his other teammates had already made their debut during this time, as Ajinkya watched. On March 22, 2013, Ajinkya Rahane earned his Test Cap when he would play in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. This is primarily due to a sick Gautam Gambhir and an injured Shikhar Dhawan. He was still included into India’s tour of South Africa despite his poor performance in the match. But in his tour of South Africa, he scored 96 off 157 balls and even ended up as the third-highest run-getter for India. After India was down to 156-5 against New Zealand, Ajinkya managed a maiden test hundred. This was on February 15th, 2014. But eventually, the match was lost due to Brendon Mc Cullum’s triple-century. In the same year, Ajinkya Rahane would replace Rohit Sharma for India’s tour of England. Once again, Rahane rescued India with another century at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. He had veered India to safety from a 140-6 collapse in the second Test Match. Rahane’s second fifty came in the ODIs of Asia Cup 2013 – 14. Despite scoring two centuries at the top order, he was struggling in the middle order. He had lost the position to Rohit Sharma. Thus, Rahane played an unimpressive T20 World Cup but consequently was captain for the second-order team for Zimbabwe ODI series, which India won by 3-0.
Thereafter, Rahane continued to impress and scored one century and three fifties totaling up to 399 runs in four games in the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy held in Australia. Subsequently, he scored a century in the second match to achieve career-best 20th rank in ICC Player Rankings along with a record-breaking 8 catches in the first match during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2015. Ajinkya, literally meaning, ‘the unbeatable’ would go on to make another record in the Freedom series, 4th test match against South Africa. He scored hundred each in both the innings even with a difficult pitch and stayed in form through the season. By 2016, his rankings on the ICC Test Batsmen’s list improved tremendously.
|Full Name:||Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane|
|Date of Birth:||06-06-1988|
|Nickname:||Ajju and Jinx|
|Birth Place:||Ashwi KD, Maharashtra, India|
|Hometown:||Ashwi KD, Sangamner, Maharashtra, India|
|Height:||5’ 6” (168 cm)|
|Father:||Madhukar Baburao Rahane|
|Siblings:||Younger sister named Apurva and younger borther named Shashank|
|School:||S.V Joshi High School, Dombivli, Thane, Mumbai|
|Educational Qualification||B. Com|
|Hobbies:||Playing Football, Golf, Badminton and listening to music|
|Bowling Style:||Right-arm medium|
|ODI Debut: ||3 September 2011 against England|
|Test Debut:||22 March 2013 against Australia|
|T20 Debut:||31 August 2011 against England|
|ODI Shirt No:||27|
|T20I Shirt No:||27|
|Favourite Shot:||Cover Drive|
2008–2010 Mumbai Indians
2011–2015; 2018-present Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 27)
2016–2017 Rising Pune Supergiants (squad no. 3)
RECORDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
In 2006-07, Ajinkya Rahane has been the recipient of the M. A. Chidambaram Trophy for best Under-19 Cricketer.
In 2014-15 he was named the CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year.
In 2016, came his greatest honor when Ajinkya received the Arjuna award.
He is only the fifth batsman yet to score centuries in each of the test innings.
Besides, he holds a record for taking the highest number of catches as well in a single test – this was conferred when he took 8 catches in a Test match played against Sri Lanka.
Ajinkya Rahane is also the only batsman to have scored 6 fours in a single IPL.