The Indian Premier League is known for bringing big changes in the lives of cricketers. Through IPL, not only do new players get a chance to debut in international cricket, but it also creates an opportunity for old players to make a comeback. Similar wonders can be seen through this season as well. Ajinkya Rahane, who is in excellent form during IPL 16, seems to be on his way back to the ODI team.
Actually, the ODI World Cup is going to be organized in India at the end of this year. Like in 2019, this time also the problem of number four has arisen in front of Team India. In the last three years, Shreyas Iyer had confirmed his place at number three by performing brilliantly at number four. But Iyer recently had to undergo back surgery. In such a situation, nothing can be said on whether he will be fit till the World Cup or not.
During the ODI series played against Australia in March, Team India tried to try Suryakumar at number four. But this bet of Captain Rohit Sharma proved to be a flop. Suryakumar Yadav could not succeed in opening the account in all the three matches. Not only this, Suryakumar Yadav has got a chance to play 23 matches so far and he has been able to score only 433 runs at an average of 24. In such a situation, Suryakumar Yadav cannot be seen as a replacement for number four.
Rahane has experience
On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane has not only scored runs in the 16th season of IPL, but his strike rate is also excellent. Rahane is batting at an average of 52 and a strike rate of 199 in the 16th season of IPL. Rahane’s form is making him a strong contender for number four. Rahane also has a lot of experience of playing in ODIs.
However, Rahane got a chance to play in the ODI team for the last time in 2018. Talking about Rahane’s ODI career, he has scored 2962 runs in 87 innings of 90 ODIs at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 79. Rahane has scored three centuries and 24 half-centuries in ODIs.