India’s premier batsman Ajinkya Rahane achieved another milestone in his cricketing career as he completed 3000 runs in Test cricket during the third game played against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Before the start of the third Test, Rahane required only 59 runs to complete the landmark. He achieved the feat by smashing a boundary off Stuart Broad in the first session on Day 1. Rahane became 22nd Indian batsman to complete 3,000 runs in Test Cricket. He also found form and notched up his first half-century on the tour. The middle-order batsman has been going through a lean run in Test cricket.
He received a lot of flak from cricket pundits who questioned his place in the Test lineup but he responded well with a sublime half-century. He endured a woeful run against Sri Lanka at home and failed to score a half-century in the three games. In South Africa, Rahane was dropped from the side owing to his lack of runs. He was picked up for the final game of the series and scored crucial 48 runs to see India win the contest. In the first two games against England, he once again looked uncomfortable at the crease and perished for low scores.
Ajinkya Rahane completed the milestone in 80 innings while the quickest to do so is Virender Sehwag achieved it in just 55 innings. Former Indian Captain Mohammad Azharuddin also completed 3000 runs in 64 innings. Indian Captain Virat Kohli also completed 3000 runs in 73 innings. India would be pleased with the way Rahane has done in this game as he managed to score only 132 runs in 12 innings at an average of 11.
He scored 81 runs and put on a big partnership with Virat Kohli to help India post a decent total on the board in bowler-friendly conditions prevalent at Trent Bridge. Rahane will be looking to continue his good form after producing crucial innings in the game played in the third Test.