Ajinkya Rahane is an Indian cricketer. He is considered one of the most technically sound batsmen, and he has scored many runs for India which has helped India to win many matches. He is one of the fittest Indian cricketers and is known for his athleticism.
Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane was born on Monday, 6 June 1988 (age 34 years: as of 2022) at Ashwi Khurd village in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Gemini. He moved to Dombivli, Mumbai where his father worked and started training cricket in a camp near his house where he practised on a cricket mat. He completed his schooling at SV Joshi High School in Dombivli. He started training under former India batsman Pravin Amre at an age of 17 years. He earned a bachelor in commerce from Rizvi College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
Ajinkya Rahane was born in a Maratha family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Madhukar Baburao Rahane, and his mother’s name is Sujata Rahane. His father worked as a civil engineer at the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking. He has a younger brother named Shashank Rahane, and he has a younger sister named Apurva Rahane.
Wife & Children
Ajinkya Rahane got married to Radhika Dhopavkar on 26 September 2014. The couple welcomed a daughter named Aarya in October 2019 and a son in October 2022.
Ajinkya Rahane follows Hinduism, and he is also a devotee of Sai Baba.
Ajinkya Rahane played his debut match on 8 September 2007 for Mumbai against Karachi Urban in the Mohammad Nissar Trophy in Karachi, Pakistan and scored 143 runs. He made his debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on 18 March 2007 for Mumbai against Delhi and scored 61 runs. He played his debut match in Inter State Twenty-20 Tournament on 3 April 2007 for Mumbai against Baroda and scored 22 runs. In February 2008, he scored 172 runs in a match for West Zone against England Lions in the 2007-2008 Duleep Trophy season. In the 2008-2009 Ranji Trophy season, he scored 1089 runs and helped Mumbai win the trophy. In the 2009-2010 season, he scored 265 runs not out for Mumbai against Hyderabad in a Ranji Trophy match. He played for the Rest of India team in Irani Cup 2011-2012 season and scored 152 runs in a match against Rajasthan. Ajinkya Rahane also played for India Blue and India Green in the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. He captained the Mumbai team in the 2018–2019 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He captained the India C team in the 2018–2019 season of the Deodhar Trophy and scored 144 runs not out in the final, which helped India C to win the trophy. He scored 204 runs in the first inning of a match against Hyderabad in the 2022-2023 Ranji Trophy season.
Under-15 India, Under-19 India, & India-A Team
He played for India Under-15 team in 2002. Ajinkya Rahane played for the Under-19 India team which toured New Zealand in 2007 and scored two centuries in 3 ODI match series. He played for India A team.
Ajinkya Rahane made his debut in tests on 22 March 2013 against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, India and scored 7 runs and 1 run in the first and second innings of the match respectively. In December 2013, he scored 51 runs not out and 96 runs in the first and second innings of the test against South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban. In July 2014, he scored 103 runs in the first innings of the test against England at Lord’s, London. In December 2014, he scored 147 runs and 48 runs in the first and second innings respectively of the Boxing day test against Australia. In August 2015, he scored 126 runs in the second innings respectively of the test against Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval, Colombo. In December 2015, he scored 127 runs and 100 runs not out in the first and second innings respectively of the test against South Africa at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. In July 2016, he scored 108 runs not out in the first inning of the test against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. In October 2016, he scored 188 runs and 23 runs not out in the first and second innings respectively of the test against New Zealand at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. In August 2017, he scored 132 runs in the first innings of the test against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo. In August 2018, he scored 81 runs in the first innings of the test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. In August 2019, he scored 102 runs in the second inning of the test against the West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. In October 2019, he scored 115 runs in the first inning of the test against South Africa at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. In the boxing day test in 2020 against Australia, he scored 112 runs in the first inning of the test. In February 2021, he scored 67 runs in the first inning of the test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. In January 2022, he scored 58 runs in the second inning of the test against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Ajinkya Rahane played his debut ODI match on 3 September 2011 against England at Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street, England and scored 40 runs. On 6 September 2011, he scored his first ODI half-century in his second ODI when he scored 54 runs against England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England. In October 2011, he scored 91 runs against England at IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, India. In August 2013, he scored 50 runs against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In February 2014, he scored 73 runs against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah, Bangladesh. In September 2014, he scored his first ODI century when he scored 106 runs against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham. In November 2014, he scored 111 runs against Sri Lanka at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, India. In the 2015 World Cup, he scored 208 runs in 8 matches including 79 runs in the match against South Africa at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne and 44 runs against Australia in the semi-final at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney which India lost by 95 runs. In October 2015, he scored 87 runs against South Africa at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In January 2016, he scored 89 runs against Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane. In October 2016, he scored 57 runs against New Zealand at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. In June 2017, he scored 103 runs against West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad. In February 2018, he scored 79 runs against South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban.
Ajinkya Rahane played his debut T20I match on 31 August 2011 against England at Old Trafford, Manchester, England and scored 61 runs. In December 2012, he scored 42 runs against Pakistan at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. During the semi-final of the 2014 T20 World Cup, he scored 32 runs against South Africa at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka helping India to advance to the final against Sri Lanka in which he scored 3 runs. In July 2015, he scored 33 runs against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare. In the semi-final of the 2016 T20 World Cup, he scored 40 runs against West Indies which India lost.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
He played his debut match in IPL on 27 April 2008 for Mumbai Indians against Deccan Chargers at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai and got out for a duck. He played for Mumbai Indians in the 2008 and 2009 IPL seasons. On 10 May 2009, he scored his first IPL half-century when he scored 62 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, West Indies. In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 IPL seasons, he played for Rajasthan Royals. On 15 April 2012, he made his first IPL century when he scored 103 runs not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. On 3 May 2015, he scored 91 runs not out against Delhi Daredevils at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. In the 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons, he played for Rising Pune Supergiant. On 9 April 2016, he scored 66 runs not out against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. In the 2018 and 2019 IPL seasons, he played for Rajasthan Royals again. On 22 April 2019, he scored 105 runs not out against Delhi Capitals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. In the 2020 and 2021 seasons, he played for Delhi Capitals. In the 2022 IPL season, he played for Kolkata Knight Riders. In the auction for the 2023 IPL season, he was bought by Chennai Super Kings.
Ajinkya Rahane captained India in the 2021 Australian tour in 3 tests after Virat Kohli got injured in the first test. He scripted a historic turnaround as India won the second and fourth tests to win the series 2-1.
Sending Yashasvi Jaiswal off the field
In the 2022 Duleep Trophy final match, he sent his West Zone teammate Yashasvi Jaiswal off the field after the rival team South Zone’s batsman T Ravi Teja complained to the match officials and Ajinkya Rahane who was captaining West Zone. During the 50th over, an argument happened between Yashasvi and Ravi which was calmed down by Ajinkya and the umpires; however, Yashasvi continued sledging Ravi during the next few overs. Ajinkya tried to calm down Yashasvi, and when he saw that Yashasvi was not listening, Ajinkya sent him off the field for 7 overs during the 57th over. During the post-match press conference, he referred to the incident and said that he believes in respecting the rules, opponents, and the umpires. He said,
You have to follow rules and respect the game, your opponents and the umpires. That’s the way I have always played my cricket and I will continue to do so. There are certain things you must follow on the field, if you don’t, you get off the field. This is my mantra. I believe in always respecting your opponents, umpires and match officials. So you have to handle certain incidents in a certain manner.”
Batter Ravi Teja was having some issues with Yashasvi Jaiswal, so after warning him first and seeing it still happen, Captain Ajinkya Rahane tells his own teammate to leave the field!pic.twitter.com/R1sPozKFjF
— 12th Khiladi (@12th_khiladi) September 25, 2022
Remarks about taking credit for the 2021 series win against Australia
In February 2022, Ajinkya Rahane said during an interview that although he took the decisions by instinct during the 2021 series against Australia on Australian soil which helped India to make a comeback after losing the first test to win the series by 2-1, he does not believe in taking credit, and someone else took the credit which many fans and other cricketers claimed was the Indian coach at that time, Ravi Shastri who was applauded as the architect of India’s win. Rahane said during the interview,
I know what I’ve done there. I don’t need to tell anyone. That’s not my nature to go and take credit. Yes, there were some things that I took the decisions on the field or in the dressing room but someone else took the credit for it. From my end, I knew what decisions I took on the field and what decisions I took on my instincts. Yes, we talked with the management too but I used to laugh about it, that is what I did on the field, I never talk much about myself or praise myself. But what I did there, I knew. Even after and before Australia, the contributions I made, especially in red-ball cricket, I don’t want to talk about it but Australia was really. As I said, people who know the sport, love the sport they’ll talk sensibly.”
- 2007: M.A Chidambaram Trophy for best Under-19 Cricketer
- 2015: CEAT Indian Cricketer of the year
- 2016: Arjuna Award
- 2018: Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Award by the Government of Maharashtra
The proud recipient and the inaugural winner of the Mullagh Medal – #TeamIndia Captain @ajinkyarahane88 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/0cBe2icMzz
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 29, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane owns an Audi Q5 worth Rs65 lakhs, a Volvo XC60 worth Rs64 lakhs, a BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo worth Rs 70 and a Range Rover Velar worth Rs85 lakhs.
As of June 2022, Ajinkya Rahane’s net worth is Rs65 crores.
- Song: Abhi mujh mein kahin by Sonu Nigam
- Musician/Band: Backstreet Boys
- Holiday Destination: Europe
- Cricketer(s): Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid
- In October 2016, he made the record for the highest partnership for 4th wicket for India in the tests with Virat Kohli. He scored 188 runs, and Virat scored 211 runs to put up a partnership of 365 runs.
- In December 2015, he became the fifth batsman to score centuries in both innings of a test. He scored 127 runs and 100 runs not out against South Africa.
- In 2015 and 2017, he took the highest number of catches in tests among the Indian fielders and took 20 catches each in both years.
- He made the record for the highest number of catches in a test match when he took 8 catches against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Galle in August 2015. In the same match, he took 5 catches in the second innings and set up a record for the highest number of catches in an inning of a test.
- He is also known as Ajju and Jinx among his friends, teammates, and fans.
- It is said that when Ajinkya Rahane was 8 years old, he played at Dombivli, Mumbai and was hit on the helmet by a bouncer bowled by a bowler who was almost thrice his age. Ajinkya started crying after being hit; however, he then smashed the next 5 deliveries in the same over to the boundary.
- He likes to play other games like tennis and billiards and has a black belt in Karate as well.
- His dream is to own a Lamborghini and Aston Martin car.
- In December 2017, his father was arrested after an accident in which a 67-year-old woman was hit by his father and later died. His father was later granted bail.
- Ajinkya Rahane revealed during an interview that had he not been a cricketer, he would have been an Air Force officer.
- His mother used to walk for 2 km with his younger brother in her lap when Ajinkya was young and practised cricket as they could not afford an auto ride.
- Ajinkya Rahane is the first batsman to hit six fours in an over in a T20 match.