Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st Indian Premier League hundred in 7 years

first_img scorecard No data available! advertisement graphs Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st Indian Premier League hundred in 7 yearsIPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane hits a hundred days after being removed as Rajasthan Royals captain for the remainder of the 2019 Indian Premier League.center_img view more view less commentary Rajarshi Gupta JaipurApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 21:27 IST Ajinkya Rahane hit his 2nd IPL hundred as Rajasthan Royals moved into a strong position vs Delhi Capitals. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane hit his 2nd IPL hundred as Rajasthan Royals moved into a strong position vs Delhi CapitalsRahane had last hit a hundred in the IPL back in 2012On Saturday, Ajinkya Rahane was removed as RR captain and replaced by Steve SmithAjinkya Rahane hit his 2nd hundred in the Indian Premier League and his 1st since 2017 as Rajasthan Royals dominated Delhi Capitals in Jaipur in a crucial 2019 IPL match on Monday.Rahane had last scored an IPL hundred in an emphatic win for Rajasthan Royals over Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15, 2012. Rahane had smashed 103 not out off 60 balls and was named man-of-the-match.Ajinkya Rahane has been under the pump this summer. After a fluent 70 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rahane was dismissed for a duck in Chennai against the Super Kings. Following a string of low scores, low strike rate and defeats, Rajasthan Royals sacked Ajinkya Rahane as captain and asked Steve Smith to take over, albeit for a handful of matches.Against Mumbai Indians, Steve Smith hit a classy fifty and young Riyan Parag made 43 and a strong impression as the Royals stormed to a win. Meanwhile, there was growing criticism around Rahane’s performance at the top of the order.It was time to deliver and in style.Ajinkya Rahane was dropped on 16 by Ishant Sharma off Axar Patel. He was relentless after the lucky escape and made Delhi Capitals pay. He was particularly harsh on Chris Morris – a flick over fine leg for six was a shot of magic. The very next ball, Rahane lofted Morris over cover with typical grace to move into the 80s.That’s a well-made half-century for @ajinkyarahane88 #RR 71/1 after 8 overs. pic.twitter.com/HfC9BqWsqM IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019There was a time when Ajinkya Rahane played some classy knocks in the IPL. His 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.advertisementAjinkya Rahane had started to cement his place in the Indian ODI team after the 2017 Champions Trophy. With runs in West Indies and at home against Australia, there was a feeling Rahane would be a strong contender for the World Cup in England.However, the Indian team management never went back to him after the tour of South Africa but he continues to remain a key member of the Test team.Also Read | When Dhoni bats, it is difficult for bowlers: RR skipper Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | IPL 2019: Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Delhi Capitalslast_img

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