By India Today Sports Desk: Former India cricketer and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly stated that Ajinkya Rahane would be extremely proud of his fightback on Day 3 of the WTC Final against Australia at The Oval. Rahane, who returned to Test cricket after 18 months, played a gutsy knock after the team’s early collapse.
Rahane’s resilience on his Test comeback saw him scoring 89 in India’s first innings, which was also the team’s highest individual score. Ganguly pointed out that Rahane made a statement on his return to Test cricket.
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“How good it is, after 18 months. He (Rahane) was away for 18 months from Test cricket, Many of them had written him off and probably he himself. It is not easy in Indian cricket as a batter to comeback and make a statement. I think it is tremendous. There have been many comebacks in the past but not after such a long period. He was magnificent. He fought hard despite wickets falling at the other end. He will be extremely proud of what he has done till lunch,” Ganguly told the broadcaster.
“He showed a lot to the dressing room that if you apply and if you have a little bit of luck which India have, you will be able to bat on this pitch, a lot of credit to Rahane, he was magnificent and Shardul Thakur as well. He has batted well for India. It’s a good fight for India.”
Rahane marked his return to Test with a remarkable achievement as he crossed the 5000-run mark. He accomplished this milestone by scoring 69 runs in his 83rd Test match. Along the way, he secured his 26th half-century.
Rahane had been excluded from India’s Test side since January 2022, following a series against South Africa. He subsequently missed out on participating in the home series against Sri Lanka, the Birmingham Test against England, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023. However, his outstanding performances in domestic cricket, including the IPL, paved the way for his return to the Test squad.