Ajinkya Rahane, a once-renowned batter, had been struggling with T20s. However, he made a stunning comeback in a new avatar. During the Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings match on Sunday evening, Rahane shocked the Eden Gardens crowd with his unconventional shots. While Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway were delivering an explosive batting performances, Rahane surprised everyone with his outlandish shots.
Chennai Super Kings were batting first and had already reached an impressive score of 169/2 with four overs still remaining. Rahane came to the crease in the eighth over with the score reading 73/1 but initially looked a bit tame. However, he soon displayed his extraordinary skills when Umesh Yadav returned for his second spell in the 14th over. Rahane hit a full-faced slash across the line for a six and followed it up with two astonishing shots that had the Twitterati in disbelief.
Yadav bowled a straight back-of-a-length delivery, but Rahane twisted his body and hit a reverse scoop for six over the wicket-keeper’s head, reminiscent of AB de Villiers’ shots. Yadav hoped to limit the damage with a fullish delivery outside off, but Rahane responded with a gorgeously-timed cover drive that split the gap and raced to the boundary. This shot was a reminder to everyone that Rahane still had all his class intact.
With this new avatar of Rahane, fans are demanding that he should be in for World Test Championship Final (WTC) as a replacement for injured Shreyas Iyer.
#IPL2O23 | #CSKvsKKR | #KKRvsCSK |
_ Ajinkya Rahane 71*(29) SR: 244.82.
_ Sivam Dube 50(21) SR: 238.09.
_ Devon Conway 56(40) SR: 140.00.@ChennaiIPL 235/4 in 20 Overs. #IPL23
Some great T20 batting. Brilliant. _ pic.twitter.com/TG1uqrJeRo
— Sanjeewa K. (@SanjeewaKUK22) April 23, 2023
Rahane 2.0 _#Cricket #CricketNews #CricketTwitter #CSKvsKKR #KKRvsCSK #IPL #IPL2023 #MSDhoni #AjinkyaRahanepic.twitter.com/ZUIjrcviQU
— CricInformer (@CricInformer) April 23, 2023
Earlier Ajinkya Rahane
Now Ajinkya _ Rahane#CricketTwitter #KKRvCSK
— Dheeraj Singh (@Dheerajsingh_) April 23, 2023
Ajinkya Rahane became something else in one month. He added more shots into his box. From winning the Gaba Test to make runs in 245 strike rate, He came a long way. _ _ #IPL2023 #CSKvsKKR
— Satwick Harsh (@SatwickHarsh) April 23, 2023
I have not even in my dreams imagined Ajinkya Rahane play like this _
What A Redemption for him _#rahane #CSK #IPL2O23
— Lavish Patil (@lavish_patil) April 23, 2023
_______ _____ ______………#KKRvCSK #Rahane #AjinkyaRahanepic.twitter.com/q5iZE5HKU4
— __ ___________ (@onlyforcricket0) April 23, 2023
What an outstanding innings by Ajinkya Rahane, 71 off just 29 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes, played brutally throughout the ground with some crazy shots, what an innings by him. pic.twitter.com/c66tpInyqN
— Mohammed Aziz (@itsmeaziz07) April 23, 2023
#Ajinkya_Rahane 71 runs in 29 balls _
What a knock _@ajinkyarahane88 @CskIPLTeam @CSKFansOfficial #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/vS5ChEPRLg
— __ ______ ______ ______ __ (@MMTiwari27) April 23, 2023
#ajinkyarahane is better than #KLRahul & #akashsingh from #CSK is better than #ArjunTendulkar
Accept or accept!!#IPL2O23 #CSKvsKKR
— ~R_ (@iamr_win) April 23, 2023
Ajinkya Rahane scored 71*(29) with 6 fours and 5 sixes. Unbelievable hitting!#KKRvCSK pic.twitter.com/wFeOeGPHqR
— Abhigyan Ayonush Borah (@Abhigyan_MSD7) April 23, 2023