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Ajinkya Rahane proves his worth in tough conditions

Ajinkya Rahane proves his worth in tough conditions
He has held his own amidst successive failures by India in overseas Test series in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia, showcasing his worth with a calm and reliable presence in the middle order. Tigers at home, lambs overseas may be true for most as India have just one win and 15 losses in 21 Tests, but Ajinkya Rahane has made a mark for himself. Rahane’s importance can be gauged from the fact that he scored 209 runs (average 69.66) in South Africa, 162 (54) in New Zealand, 299 (33.22) in England and 399 (57) in the just-concluded series in Australia where he complemented M Vijay and Virat Kohli’s efforts.

Three of his Test centuries have come in tough situations. His 118 in Wellington raised visions of an India victory before Brendon McCullum dug deep and played an inspirational knock. Rahane etched his name on the Honours Board in Lord’s by getting to the milestone on a green track assisting swing and seam and in Melbourne, he shared a record 262-run stand with Virat Kohli to help India come out of the Test with their heads held high.
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