Putting aside all the criticism and debate around his place in the Rajasthan Royals squad, Ajinkya Rahane has finally showed even the batsman with the class can dominate the shortest form of cricket – T20 cricket. On Monday evening, Rahane scored one of the most fluent century and eye-pleasing in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) during the match 41 between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals. Completing his hundred off 58 deliveries, Rahane’s ton can also be seen as an ideal reply to all the haters who doubted his qualities of playing the limited-overs format of the game. (SCORECARD)
During his elegant knock, the 30-year-old Rahane struck 11 scintillating boundaries and three huge maximums to reach the elusive three-figure mark. He also became the first Rajasthan Royals player to score 3,000 runs in the cash-rich IPL. Rahane had last scored an IPL hundred in an emphatic win for Rajasthan over Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15, 2012. Here’s how the Twitter world showered the praise on Rahane on the amazing knock at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur:-
Rahane was dropped on 16 by Ishant Sharma off Axar Patel. He was relentless after the lucky escape and made Delhi Capitals pay.
The Mumbai batsman’s most productive season came in 2012 when he hit 560 runs including an unbeaten 103. In 2013, he hit 488 runs before a 540-run season in 2015. The next year, Rahane hit 480 runs including 6 fifties from 14 matches.
Earlier, Delhi Capitals won the toss and opted to bowl against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Monday. DC have made one change, bringing in Chris Morris in place of Sandeep Lamichhane, while RR are playing an unchanged side.
Delhi Capitals Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
Rajasthan Royals Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith (C), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.