Ajinkya Rahane: ‘Someone else took credit for my work’

The stars of Ajinkya Rahane, India’s legendary batsman, are in the spotlight these days. Due to his poor performance, he is on the verge of being kicked out of Team India. He could be benched for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. Rahane is currently with the Mumbai Ranji team. To get back into shape, he’ll play in the Ranji Trophy. Meanwhile, Rahane mentioned his win in Australia last year in an interview. He claimed that others later claimed credit for his work.

After the defeat in Adelaide during the Australia tour, then-captain Virat Kohli returned home. They had returned to India to give birth to their daughter Vamik. Many experienced players were also injured during that time, in addition to him. In difficult circumstances, Rahane captained the team and led India to a historic 2-1 series victory. The Tests in Melbourne and Brisbane were won by Team India, while the Sydney Test was drawn.

“I know what I did there,” Rahane said on YouTube’s ‘Backstage with Boria,’ a show hosted by veteran sports journalist Boria Majumdar. This is something I don’t have to say to anyone. It is not in my nature for me to take credit for something. Yes, I made decisions on the field and in the locker room, but the credit for those decisions was given to someone else. What mattered to me was that we won the series, which was historically significant. He was one of a kind to me.”

Rahane is believed to have made this statement about former head coach Ravi Shastri after taking someone’s name. After the series victory, he took credit and dominated the media. Shastri, too, became the team’s voice after that. Cricket experts lauded Rahane’s performance. Everyone praised him for leading the team through a difficult situation.

“After winning the series, some people’s reactions came to the fore,” Rahane said. He also claimed credit. We did this, and it was our decision, according to whoever came out in the media. Despite what they said, I know the truth about the decisions I made at the time.”

On December 26, 2020, Rahane scored 112 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Since then, he has failed to score a century in a Test match. He has played in 15 Test matches since January 2021. Only three half-centuries have come off his bat during this time. In the three-Test series against South Africa, Rahane had only 136 runs. Since then, he’s been on the verge of being kicked off the team.

Ritika Kadiya
Ritika Kadiya
As a journalist, Ritika kadiya has contributed to many online publications including the Huffing Post.

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