India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane found his name engraved on the MCG honour’s board for the 2nd time in his career. Rahane hit a match-winning 112 to help India seal an 8-wicket victory over Australia in the 2nd Test on December 29.
Watch: Ajinkya Rahane’s name engraved on MCG honours board for 2nd time (AP Photo)
- Ajinkya Rahane’s name was engraved on the MCG honour’s board for the 2nd time in his career
- Rahane hit a match-winning 112 against Australia in the Boxing Day Test
- Rahane is the only 2nd Indian batsman after Vinoo Mankad to hit 2 hundreds at the MCG
India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane’s name got onto the Melbourne Cricket Board honours board for the 2nd time in his career. Rahane earned the honour after hitting a match-winning 112 against Australia in the Boxing Day Test that concluded on Tuesday, December 29.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video clip of an Australian ground staff inscribing his name on the prestigious honours board. Notably, Rahane had found his name on the honours board for the first time as early as 2014 when he hit 147 in a drawn Test at the MCG. Virat Kohli, who was not the captain back then, had scored 169, thereby getting his name engraved on the honours board for the first and only time.
After leading from the front with a fantastic ton in the Boxing Day Test against Australia, @ajinkyarahane88 has his name engraved on the MCG Honours Board for the second time. ????#TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/z7vDe5dG4U
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane led from the front as India sealed an 8-wicket win in the Boxing Day Test against Australia. It was a remarkable effort as India bounced from the horrors of 36-all out in Adelaide and dominated Australia on all 4 days of the 2nd Test. Rahane’s 112 in the first innings helped India take a 131-run lead and eventually level the Test series at 1-1.
Rahane stitched fifty-run stands with Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant before putting on a match-winning 100-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja. Rahane was run out on 112 after which India suffered a collapse.
Rahane marshalled his troops wonderfully well as India bundled out Australia for 195 and 200 in the two innings. India had to just chase 70 for victory in the final innings and the skipper remained unbeaten on 26.
Rahane has become only the 2nd India batsman after Vinoo Mankad to score more than 1 hundred at the MCG. It has become a happy hunting ground for the Mumbai batsman who has scored 369 runs in 3 matches at an average of over 70 at the iconic venue.
India will be pumped up to seal an unbeatable lead when the two teams meet in the New Year’s Test from January 7 at Sydney Cricket Ground.