Twenty20 cricket throws up flash-in-the-pan cricketers fairly frequently. Every now and then, however, it brings to attention cricketers who might have more substance.
Ajinkya Rahane scored 98 from 66 balls for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab last Friday night, mostly through the use of orthodox attacking cricket strokes. It was enough for me to look up his first class record.
At present, Rahane has played 50 first class matches, mostly for Mumbai, and scored 4862 runs at an average of 68.47. That’s right – 68.47. Forget that the Ranji Trophy probably spread a moderate talent pool too thinly; that is a ridiculously good average to sustain over 50 matches.
Rahane has already played for India in the shorter forms, but given the retirement of Dravid and the long-delayed declines of Tendulkar and Ganguly, I hope that Rahane gets his chance in the white clothes sooner rather than later.