THE WALL 2.0
Ajinkya Rahane has been India’s most successful batsman over the last year and a half in all conditions all over the world. Knowing him, he’ll only build from this to have a very successful career.
It is never the right thing to draw comparisons between players. Ajinkya and I played in completely different generations and eras. He has grown up in a time when all the three formats of the game are important and so he is much more of a modern player - he’s adept at all three formats of the game. The great thing for India is that Ajinkya has found success in all three formats. In my case, I struggled initially to cope with ODI cricket because growing up, we only aspired to play Test cricket for India.
My best memory of Ajinkya is his knock of 103 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. For someone who started out not known as a T20 player, it was a tribute to the work and effort he put in to play that kind of innings.
He’s always had talent and ability, but it’s his hunger and desire that has always stood out and his willingness to never back down from a contest.