Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: When class meets application, results seldom disappoint! On Tuesday, Ajinkya Rahane once again showed the cricketing world his class, applying his skills to help India register yet another big ODI win in England.
In the absence of regular opener in Rohit Sharma, the 26-year-old continued to lay solid foundation for India. Promoted to open the innings with an otherwise struggling Shikhar Dhawan, Rahane pummelled the English attack for a scintillating 100-ball 106 innings at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
During the opening stand of 183 runs with Dhawan, Rahane displayed his mastery, playing some exemplary shots. In his two-hour stay in the centre, he hardly played a wrong shot. His fall to a slow full toss off a listless Harry Gurney was more to do with tiredness rather than the choice.
On August 30, opening for the first time in limited-overs cricket on the tour, Rahane set the tone as India chased down England's 227 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham with ease. His 45 runs at the top, after Dhawan's early departure, helped the famed Indian middle-order to play their shots.
Yesterday's win assured world champions' unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
After the disappointment in Tests, winning the ODI series certainly cools down the frayed nerves in the Indian camp, and Rahane's contribution was pivotal in restoring the confidence back in the team.