Ajinkya Rahane was turn out to be the new Wall of Indian cricket as his recent form in the test and one day cricket. He always stood up when team needs more and others fails to do.
The Wall of Indian team was the Rahul Dravid he always stood up for the team India and best slip catcher of the world.
Rahane became ‘the new wall’ and he train under the Wall and Dravid also appreciate Rahane’s dedication to the cricket.
Dravid said : 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.
Rahane took 8 catches in a match that was the world record by any in single match against Sri Lanka in August 2015.
Rahane showed his class when he scored his first century at Lords and because of his first inning ton india able to beat England at Lords after so many years.
After this inning Rahane became the regular for the Indian test squad and test by test he improved his batting and class and he also proven in shorter formates.
Despite of his class he was not part of playing XI in the World T20 it was good for India but he proved his class in T20 also as he opened in IPL for Rajasthan and Pune.
He was one the batsman who did well in overseas conditions for india as comapare to Indian conditions. Before test series against Africa Rahane hasn’t score century at home conditions.
He score 4 centuries before that and all outside India and he score a century in both the inning of 4th test match of the series against South Africa at Delhi.
Rahane said On Captaincy : At the moment it isn’t important. My focus is on doing well for India in all formats. Even on the field, I don’t like to confuse Virat. I may give my inputs during the lunch break or after the day’s game.
On changing gears from Tests to ODIs to T20: There are no big changes needed technically. I work on my batting day by day, session by session. I have added the reverse sweep to my repertoire for T2O matches. That is something I practise a lot in the nets. I played a couple of reverse sweeps against Sri Lanka when I got my hundred. I’ve been training with Praveen Amre sir. When you practise alone, there are chances of making some small mistakes.
On his goal of becoming the world’s best batsman: The process is always very important. If you focus on the small things before and after the game, before the tour and after the tour, you take small steps towards your goal.
Cricketer VVS Laxman: “His best quality is adapting to the situation. Since Ajinkya has very sound technique and at the same time a lot of attacking shots, he can adapt to whatever the situation is. Even in the longer format, whenever the team requires quick runs, he can up the tempo. And when the team is in a tight corner, he can play the waiting game as well. That is why he is such a consistent performer not just in India, but on all the overseas tours.”
Senior cricket editor Pradeep Magazine: “In times of slam-bang cricket, it is good to see a cricketer who has all the skills required to excel in Test cricket.”
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle: “I am extremely fond of Ajinkya. He is a strong character. Just like Rahul Dravid, he is willing to bat anywhere in the batting order. He is one of the few Indian batsmen who relish playing pace bowlers. And like Dravid and VVS Laxman, he has a penchant to play crucial innings when India needs him to score the most. If Kohli is wow, Rahane is class!”