Ajinkya Rahane equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record with fourth successive fifty

first_imgAjinkya Rahane continued his rich vein of form with yet another half-century in One day Internationals. Rahane is making the most of the opportunity at the top of the order and has so far scored fifty-plus scores in all the four ODIs against West Indies in the ongoing five-match series.Rahane has been in a sublime form with scores of 62, 103, 72 and 60.Rahane top-scored for India with 60 off 91 balls but his knock went in vain as the visitors failed to chase down 190 against West Indies, losing the match by 11 runs. India had won the second and third ODIs after the first game was washed out. The visitors lead the series 2-1 with the fifth and final game to be played on June 6 in Jamaica.Rahane’s innings also helped him equal Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin, Suresh Raina and Sourav Ganguly for four consecutive fifty-plus scores.Tendulkar achieved the feat twice in 1996 and 2003, Azahruddin did it in 1990 and 1993, Ganguly in 2002, Kohli in 2010, Dhoni in 2011 and Raina in 2013.Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar and Kohli jointly hold India’s record with five successive fifties in ODIs.Rahane, who was sitting on the bench for whole of the ICC Champions Trophy, said he utilised the time focusing on his fitness and batting. In West Indies he got the opportunity after Rohit Sharma was rested for the tour.”I would like to thank Virat (Kohli) and team management that they gave me this opportunity to bat at the top of the order. When I was in England, I really worked hard on my fitness and I am happy all that hard work is paying off here,” Rahane told ANI last week.advertisementlast_img

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