Ajinkya Rahane was delighted at being named one of the six Wisden India Cricketers of the Year for 2015. Rahane is a part of the list that includes Mithali Raj, the India women’s captain , Rishi Dhawan, Angelo Mathews, Umar Akmal and Mominul Haque.
“It means a lot to me. It’s a special feeling,” Rahane told on Tuesday (April 28). “I am actually more inspired and determined to do well, and I am sure I will work more hard and keep doing well.”
Rahane’s highlight for the period between October 2013 and September 2014 was his century against England at Lord’s that helped India win a Test match at the historic venue for the first time since 1986.
He took strike at 86 for 3 on the first morning and soon India were reduced to 145 for 7, but Rahane overcame the challenge of a potent attack in overcast conditions on a green pitch to record his second Test hundred and set up a 95-run win.
“The Lord’s century was very challenging as the conditions were tough,” said Rahane, reflecting on the knock. “It was a special innings and from that I learn how to handle different situations.”
Prior to the Lord’s knock, Rahane had made a strong impression with his 96 against South Africa in Durban and 118 against New Zealand in Wellington.
His form in One-Day Internationals was also noteworthy, as he made three half-centuries and a match-winning 106 against England in Birmingham on the same tour.
That Rahane managed to have such a fruitful year after having spent a long period on the bench of the Indian team was remarkable. He thanked Praveen Amre, Mumbai’s coach who has been working with Rahane at a personal level, and Abhay Poyenkar, a bravery award winner, for his rise.
“Amre sir has had a great influence on my career. He has known my game for seven to eight years. He really helped me a lot with my batting and mental aspect,” added Rahane.