IPL 2023: ‘One of greatest overseas hundreds’ – Ravi Shastri recalls Ajinkya Rahane’s knock after his exploits

Applauding Rahane, Shastri recalled the right-hand batter’s hundred in the Boxing Day Test against Australia during India’s 2020-21 tour. India had lost the series-opener by eight wickets after getting bundled out for 36 in the second innings. Stand-in captain Rahane scored 112 runs in the first innings of the second innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

The knock inspired India to a historic 2-1 win in the series – their first-ever Test series win on the Australian soil. Recalling the same innings, Shastri has called it one of the greatest overseas hundreds by an Indian batter.

“I loved Ajinkya Rahane’s innings. He was our captain in Australia, where I saw one of the greatest overseas hundreds by an Indian player. That will go right up with the very best, simply because of where India were at the start of the innings. He had taken over as captain, we were 36 all-out. On Boxing Day, to play like that was fantastic,” Shastri told ESPN Cricinfo.

“The timing, it was the purity of the innings was a treat to the eyes (against MI). Lovely shots, I’m glad for him. He’s such a team man. He’s captained India, whichever franchise or team he plays for, he might not be captain but you can be rest assured, you won’t get a better team man. Even if it comes to carrying water, or in dressing room, helping out someone. He’s a top-class example of the way the game should be played,” he added.

Rahane, who has been roped in by CSK at his base price of Rs 50 lakh, has been out of the Indian Test team since January 2022.

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