India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane smashed his 12th hundred in Test cricket against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. Incidentally, the 32-year-old also became the twelfth Indian captain to score a Test ton.
The Indian middle-order batsman, who is leading the side in the absence of Virat Kohli, also became only the second Indian captain to score a ton at MCG after Vinoo Mankad had registered a hundred in 1948.
Leading from the front, Rahane notched up his brilliant century to put the visitors in a dominant position in the Boxing Day Test as India ended the second day on 277/5 with an 82-run lead.
Rain stops play and it's stumps at the MCG on day two ☔— ICC (@ICC) December 27, 2020
India lead by 82 runs with the partnership for the sixth wicket past 100 👏 #AUSvIND SCORECARD 👉 https://t.co/bcDsS3qmgl pic.twitter.com/vehxjPSmnm
Skipper Rahane and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were batting on 104 and 40 respectively after the end of day's play.
Rahane’s ton has put India in a stupendous position to make a comeback in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 after the visitors had suffered a humiliating eight-wicket defeat in the first Test of the four-match series in Adelaide.
Twitter erupted as Rahane completed his eighth Test century away from home as former cricketers and fans poured in their wishes for the Mumbaikar’s scintillating innings.
A captains 💯 solid , gritty and calm just like his personality @ajinkyarahane88 sharp mind in field setting aswell ! @imjadeja looking great how good has he become batting lowerdown the order for🇮🇳 ! Great start for @RealShubmanGill ! We are looking good for a decent lead 👊🏽— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 27, 2020
Brilliant hundred by @ajinkyarahane88 .— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 27, 2020
Determination and class.
Sometimes you see a performance that mirrors a player's character. This century by @ajinkyarahane88 did just that. He can be so proud of this innings.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 27, 2020
Led the side well now Solid 100 by @ajinkyarahane88 Team India in the driving seat now— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 27, 2020
The visitors had bowled Australia out for a paltry 195 runs on the first day of the second Test at the MCG.
Meanwhile, Australia captain Tim Paine became the fastest wicket-keeper to reach 150 dismissals in Test cricket.
The Australian skipper achieved the feat in just 33 Test matches, breaking the record of South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, who had registered 150 dismissals in 34 matches.
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