Indian batter Ajinkya Rahane turned heads today after making a cryptic statement claiming someone else took credit for his decisions during the Australia tour. The former Indian captain and batter’s statement comes after receiving backlash from cricket fans for not being able to score runs in the past two years. Cricket fans and pundits have time and time again noted how Rahane’s ability to convert good starts into hundreds has diminished drastically. His last century came at the MCG during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy back in 2021. Moreover, other than a few decent innings, Rahane has been guilty of scoring runs at an abysmal average of 20.25. In a recent episode of ‘Backstage with Boria’, Rahane claimed that his contributions at the Australia tour were overlooked.
The Facts of the Matter
In 2021, India flew to Australia to play the Border-Gavaskar trophy against the Aussies. The team faced a humiliating loss in the first Test, with a collapse at just 36 runs. What followed was a turnaround of epic proportions. Ajinkya Rahane replaced Virat Kohli as the team’s captain and India registered a victory against the Aussies thanks to the captain’s incredible hundred.
Although India went on to win the series against all odds, Ajinkya Rahane’s batting performance got worse, series after series. His shockingly poor performance continued till the very recent South African series where India faced a 3-0 Test series white wash.
“Someone Else Took Credit For It…” Rahane’s Cryptic Statement
While on the field, Rahane’s bat was kept silent by the opposition, off the field he has come out swinging and recently made a controversial statement. In one of the episodes of ‘Backstage with Boria’, Rahane was quoted saying, “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.
“To me, it was important that we won the series and it was a historic series. For me, that was really special,” Rahane added.
Rahane’s Feelings After the Border-Gavaskar Series Win
Back during the Border-Gavaskar series, Rahane took the reins of a bruised and batter Indian team that was filled with players that had played only a few Tests in their career. In the absence of players like Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, a young Indian side defeated the Australian team at the Gabba, a venue where Aussies had not lost a game in the last 32 years.
When asked about what he felt about not being given enough credit about the Border-Gavaskar series victory, an out of form Ajinka said, “Sometimes, I used to smile within because of the fact that whatever I did in the field, I won’t be able to boast about whatever I did on the field because I’m someone who can’t talk high about himself, but I knew what all I did on the field.”
Rahane’s Inability to Boast & His Future
“After that, the reactions from people or those who took credit or what was said on the media, ‘I did this’ or ‘This was my decision’, or ‘This was my call’, it was for them to talk about. From my end, I knew what decisions I took on the field and what decisions I took on my instincts,” the 33-year-old batter said.
While Ajinkya Rahane is not part of the current one day and Test squad that is playing West Indies, he is expected to play at Ranji Games to once again gain the trust of the selectors. In his interview, he spoke about his abilities and said, “Yes, I believe in my abilities. I’ve been batting really well and I believe I still have good cricket left in me”.