Ajinkya Rahane: Cricket’s Common Man


Ajinkya Rahane: Cricket’s Common Man

Illustration: Saachi Mehta and Juergen Dsouza


t’s the summer of 2014. The first day of the second test at Lord’s. England wins the toss and chooses to field on one of the greenest tops the iconic ground had ever witnessed. A young, thin man walks to the crease after Virat nicks a perfect outswinger from James Anderson. The next delivery is even better than the one that got Kohli out, but Ajinkya Rahane plays it with soft hands and it doesn’t carry to the slip cordon.

The wickets keep falling, and at one point India is trembling at 143-7, with Rahane unbeaten at 31, but for the most part of the day, he is strong enough for both batsmen on the crease. He scores a hundred and goes on to join the Lord’s honours board, but more importantly helps India record its first test win in 28 years at the Mecca of Cricket.