Hindustan Times - Brunch - - COVER STORY - BY RAHUL DRAVID

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.

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