Finally, a Test debut for Ajinkya Rahane

Mar 23, 2013, 02:03 IST | IANS

A 16-month-long wait finally came to an end for Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane who was handed his India Test cap by Harbhajan Singh ahead of the team's fourth cricket Test against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla here yesterday.

In the process, Rahane, who became the 278th Test player for India, also brought an end to a lean patch for the 40-time Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai, who did not produce even a single Test player for the country in the last six years.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane

Off-spinner Ramesh Powar was the last player from Mumbai to make his India debut in May 2007 when he played against Bangladesh at Chittagong.

Since then, 20 players have made their debuts for India but none from Mumbai. It comes as a surprise considering the legendary side have won three Ranji titles (2008-09, 2009-10 and 2012-13) since Powar made his debut.

However, it hasn’t exactly been an easy ride for the 24-year-old who was named in the Test squad to play the West Indies in November 2011.

He also saw Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag being dropped and Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman retire, without finding a place in the playing XI.

The right-handed batsman has 5460 runs at an excellent average of 62.04 with 19 hundreds in 60 first-class games.

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