Rahane ab to Rehne De !!
This is what the supporters and even the players from other teams are chanting when they are up against Rajasthan Royals.
Few months ago – this young lad from Maharashtra was slated to become the next big thing for Indian Test XI – especially with this Dravid like technique and sound temperament. He is having a good domestic season also. He did show some promise about his future on the tours of England (ODI series) and Australia. But only few would have thought that he is a pocket size dynamite. He is like a storm in this IPL, not many might have expected to even have his name in the spotlights in T20’s. In the top 10 batting performance in IPL 2012 till now – he has occupied 1st (103 off 60 VS Royal Challengers Bangalore) and 3rd (98 off 66 VS Kings XI Punjab) spots. He is the leading Run Scorer – 304 runs at strike rate of 146 and a healthy average of 60 in T20’s !!
What’s more exciting to watch when Ajinkya Rahane is at the crease is his stroke play. He has flair attached to each of his shots, just plays all proper cricket shots (cover driver, hook, square cut…) – there is not much improvisation, but still strikes them with good power. At time it feels that being playing aside Rahul Dravid will bring in more from this youngster. If he continues to bring in performance like this, he is surely going to be the next big thing for Indian Cricket.
I can only say Rahane… Run Bahne de !!!