Ris­ing star

AJINKYA RA­HANE, 23, Crick­eter

India Today - - SIMPLY MUMBAI -

It all be­gan in the by­lanes of Mum­bai’s quiet sub­urb Dom­bivali, where a young Ajinkya Ra­hane was of­ten hauled up for break­ing the glass panes of his neigh­bours’ homes. Fif­teen years later, he finds him­self among the top bats­men rep­re­sent­ing In­dia in in­ter­na­tional cricket. In the Ranji Tro­phy’s Su­per League Group A cat­e­gory sea­son of 2009-2010, he scored more than 1,000 runs. He also has a first class bat­ting av­er­age of 69.11, high­est among all the cur­rent crick­eters in the coun­try. “I want to play qual­ity cricket and rep­re­sent In­dia in cru­cial matches,” he says.

THE JOUR­NEY De­spite his hum­ble back­ground, Ra­hane wanted to make a ca­reer in cricket since he was 11 years old. His par­ents sup­ported his dream de­spite all the sac­ri­fices they had to make. At an Un­der14 cham­pi­onship at Worli, Mum­bai, which was his first pub­lic tour­na­ment, Ra­hane won the Man of the Match award. “It was my first match and it was a won­der­ful feel­ing,” he says. Since then, he has played in all the age group tour­na­ments and also the In­dia ‘A’ se­ries. In the first sea­son of IPL, 2008, he was picked to play for Mum­bai In­di­ans and for IPL Sea­son 4 he rep­re­sented the Ra­jasthan Roy­als. Con­tact: ajju­ra­hane@gmail.com

sec­ond opinion “He is tal­ented and has a good tem­per­a­ment and can ad­just to any for­mat of the game”

AJIT WADEKAR, FORMER CRICK­ETER

“Cricket is a rocky busi­ness. I still have to prove my­self.”

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