Ajinkya Rahane: Dawn of the new HERO

Playing in his 3rd Test match, very few would have bet on Mumbai-born Ajinkya Rahane to flourish in the hostile conditions of South Africa.

As he was playing in his 3rd Test match, a very few would have bet on Mumbai-born Ajinkya Rahane to shine in the hostile conditions of South Africa. The stylish right-handed batsman announced himself on the world stage when he cracked a fighting 96 against the South African team in the 2nd Test at Durban. Even though, India lost the Test match, many cricketing veterans and pundits commended the young cricketer for his temperament and audacity to take on the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Ajinkya Rahane will go a long way and he will score heavily in international cricket from now – Former India player, Ravi Shastri

He spent a lot of time on the bench. But he did not sit idle. He worked very hard on his fitness, technique and temperament. – Indian skipper MS Dhoni

Rahane is a wonderful player. He will shine because of his technique. – Retired South African player, Jacques Kallis

Although he did not get his 100, he will learn the value of those four runs now. He is confident both on his front and back foot. – Former South Africa player, Kepler Wessels

He could not reach his 100 because he did not have strong partners. I think the courage he showed against Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel was remarkable. He played well to delay the South African victory. He is ready, he is mature, and has a bright future. – Former chief of the SA cricket board, Dr Ali Bacher

I watched the innings. So far he has played well.- Ajinkya Rahane’s coach and former India player, Pravin Amre

Been very impressed by Ajinkya Rahane. Good temperament – South African cricket journalist, Firdose Moonda

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