Introduction & memorable innings on Foreign Soil
Ajinkya Rahane who is India’s vice-captain has played some memorable innings for the country. Some of his celebrated knocks have come overseas. This makes them much more valuable as well as ones to remember in public memory.
- 96 at Durban in 2013 against Steyn & Co. This involved batting with tail to try & battle a massive first innings deficit. Along with looking to save the Test by stretching the innings as much as possible. https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/india-tour-of-south-africa-2013-14-648627/south-africa-vs-india-2nd-test-648667/full-scorecard
- 147 at MCG in 2014 against Johnson & co. Memorable 262 runs partnership with Virat Kohli in a fierce battle facing a huge score piled up by Aussies. https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/border-gavaskar-trophy-2014-15-754713/australia-vs-india-3rd-test-754741/full-scorecard
- 103 at Lords in 2014 on a green pitch facing Anderson & co. In this part, the rest of the batting order was crumbling & struggling at Lords on Day1 (fresh pitch).https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/india-tour-of-england-2014-667693/england-vs-india-2nd-investec-test-667713/full-scorecard
- 112 at MCG in 2020 with depleted team & after being bowled out for 36 in the previous test in Adelaide. https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/india-in-australia-2020-21-1223867/australia-vs-india-2nd-test-1223870/full-scorecard
In the current scenario, he does not seem to find a spot in white ball cricket for India. He has become more of a test specialist. There are various ways to look at this aspect. You can consider that you have very limited opportunities between a long span. Or you can specialize your game more specifically to suit this requirement bye preparing in first class games. One of the classic examples for this in the contemporary version of the game is Pujara. Around the globe teams are now looking to move towards a similar sort of set up when they pick up specialists to avoid injuries and counter Covid19 quarantine rules.
Performances in UK
The UK has not been a happy hunting during venue for him based on the last two times that he was part of the team. If we look at the below visual carefully it is self-explanatory to justify this fact despite having a memorable performance in 2014 at Lord’s.
Most certainly the average of 29 in England doesn’t justify the class of his performances. Will he be able to correct this in 2021?
Caught Behind Syndrome
Among the 20 innings Rahane has played in England 16 times he has been out caught. The below graphic will help explain the predominance of this mode of dismissal in UK for him.
If we closely dissect the court dismissals for Rahane you will find a very strange pattern in the way he has been out caught as the below visual suggests.
44% of this have been in the slips and 19% to the wicketkeeper. This is a very huge proportion of dismissals.
In some of the recent away tours as well. Rahane has had this mode of dismissals “Caught” especially behind the wicket quite frequently hence he has to look at this aspect very closely in the upcoming tour. Being a predominantly red ball cricketer now, gives opportunity to have a gap between Tours. Being a professional cricketer Ajinkya, it is safe to assume that he would have worked on this aspect of his game. Let us wait & watch on the same.