Ajinkya Rahane, who captained the Indian cricket team from the Boxing Day match after the embarrassing defeat of the first Test played in Adelaide on the tour of Australia, said that his century in the second Test played in Melbourne will be very special because it will lead to the series The way to win opened.
After scoring 112 runs in the Boxing Day Test, Rahane however said that the century played at Lord’s ground (17 July 2014) was the best innings of his career. The 32-year-old said he did not know about the importance of Melbourne’s own innings, which laid the foundation for India’s 2–1 series win against Australia.
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Rahane said, ‘It is important for me that when I score runs, the team wins. I think that that innings is something really special for me. For me, winning Test matches and series is a priority rather than an achievement. He said, ‘But yes, the Melbourne Test century was really special. I said in Melbourne that Lord’s century is the most special for me but many people told me that Melbourne’s century innings was better than Lord’s.
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Rahane said, ‘I didn’t know how to react to this. But now I realize, given the circumstances following the Adelaide Test match, Melbourne was really important for the Test series and yes, I felt Melbourne’s innings was really special. ‘
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The Indian team was all out for 36 in their second innings of the Test in Adelaide and Australia won the match by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series. After this, captain Virat Kohli was on paternity leave while Mohammed Shami returned home after an injury. In the absence of these two experienced players, Rahane led the team brilliantly by playing a century.