New Delhi, April 22: Ajinkya Rahane announced his return to form and silenced his critics as he tonked a 58-ball century against Delhi Capitals in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 here on Monday (April 22).
Rahane took a quick double on the second delivery of the 17th over bowled by Ishant Sharma to get to his second ton in the domestic league. His first century came in 2012 for Rajasthan Royals against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
The right-handed batsman, who was sacked the team's captain in the previous game, played a brilliant knock. The Mumbaikar smashed 11 fours and three sixes to get to his century. Opening the innings for his team, Rahane gave them an explosive start and forged a century stand with captain Steve Smith for the second wicket after his opening partner Sanju Samson was run out for duck.
Rahane - who was dropped by Ishant Sharma for 16 - reached his half-century from 32 deliveries and took 26 deliveries to get another 50 runs. Before the start of this game, Rahane was criticised for not making the most of the opportunities while opening the innings for his franchise. But the stylish batsman played proper orthodox cricketing shots in his innings and timed the ball well.
Oh yeahhh 🙌🙌— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019
What a knock, Ajju 😎 pic.twitter.com/bETLRwqm4H
He remained unbeaten at 105 off 63 deliveries as Royals posted 191/6 in 20 overs.
The 29-year-old has joined the likes of Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, and RR teammate Samson to become the fifth Indian to hit two centuries in the league. Virat Kohli is the only Indian batsman to have scored more than two centuries. The RCB skipper has hit five tons in the tournament.
Here's how cricketing fraternity and fans reacted to Rahane's century:
A very smart knock played by @ajinkyarahane88. He paced his innings very well. Upfront, the ball came on to the bat very well. This pitch is not as bad as it looks and if there is even a little bit of dew, then this is going to be a close game. #RRvDC pic.twitter.com/3opB5DpqiO— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 22, 2019
Indians with multiple centuries in IPL:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 22, 2019
2 Sehwag, Vijay, Samson, RAHANE#RRvDC
Very happy for Ajinkya Rahane. Great attitude, joy to watch when he gets going— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 22, 2019
Pleasing to see someone like Rahane strike form and strike it big. He looks relaxed and has played with a lot more freedom with no captaincy #RRvDC— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 22, 2019
Finally Rahane throws caution to the winds. On someone’s pushing or on his own? Does not matter. Shows he has the T20 shots, it was just his mind holding him back. #RR— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 22, 2019
Steve Smith played a captain’s knock.— Prem Panicker (@prempanicker) April 22, 2019
Rahane is still out there, playing a deposed-captain’s knock.
Timely century by Rahane. Whose idea was it to relieve him of captaincy ? It was a great move.— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) April 22, 2019