AJINKYA RAHANE, 23, Cricketer
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”