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Updated January 5th, 2024 at 14:43 IST

Ajinkya Rahane fails to make it to Mumbai playing XI after uproar on video after India's loss to SA

In an interesting turn of events, captain Ajinkya Rahane is not named in Mumbai's Ranji Trophy match's Playing XI against Bihar.

Pavitra Shome
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Ajinkya Rahane in action during the Ranji Trophy | Image: PTI
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The Ranji Trophy tournament is one of the times when cricket fans see former Team India players in action. One such name is Ajinkya Rahane, who has been an on-and-off member of the Men in Blue. Rahane is a member of the Mumbai team as they compete in the tournament. The Ranji trophy is a perfect opportunity for the cricketers to showcase their potential and be in the selector's thoughts by showcasing a solid display. It was an ideal chance for Rahane to show up and show out. But situations took a drastic turn

3 things you need to know

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  • Ajinkya Rahane is the captain for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy
  • Rahane was last featured in Team India during the Windies tour
  • Ajinkya Rahane was a member of the Team in the WTC Final loss to Australia

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Ranji Trophy: Mumbai goes against Bihar without captain Rahane amid high expectations from batter

Ahead of the Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Bihar, the focus was on Ajinkya Rahane, who was set to lead the team. However, when the Playing XI was announced, Rahane's name was nowhere to be found. They declared Shams Mulani as the captain for the match against Bihar. Ajinkya's road to redemption was hit by an unfortunate boulder. It is reported that Pujara's unavailability is related to a medical concern.

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Ajinkya Rahane practices in the nets ahead of a Ranji Trophy game | Image: PTI

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara were considered the top draws for Team India in the red-ball format. However, a dip in their performance led to them being out of the squad. The selectors gave him a chance during the World Test Championship Final and the 2023 Windies tour, but he failed to impress. Since then, Rahane has remained off the team and competing for Mumbai. Some of his recent videos on X (formerly Twitter) sparked a frenzy.

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What did Ajinkya Rahane post that sparked an uproar?

One of Rahane's videos that sparked a debate was one in which he was preparing in the nets for the Ranji Trophy. The timing of his tweet is reported to be contentious, as he shared the clip following Team India's humiliating loss in the first match of the two-match Test series against South Africa. 

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Netizens quickly deduced that Rahane was seemingly taunting the selectors while he honed his talents. However, the batter's absence from the Mumbai Ranji team may jeopardise his chances of a comeback. 

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Published January 5th, 2024 at 14:39 IST

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