Stats: Ajinkya Rahane's successful tour of West Indies
The 28-year-old will be aiming to go past 300 runs in the series as he aggregated 297 runs so far which gives him an opportunity to do so for the first time in his career.
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Not long ago, Ajinkya Rahane couldn’t find a place in the Indian ODI XI but when he got the chance in the West Indies tour, the classy batsman completely utilised the series by scoring fifty in each of the 4 games so far. Rahane began the series with a 62 in the opening contest and followed it with a century (103) in the 43-over game.
While the top order struggled in the 3rd ODI, the Mumbai batsman put up a gritty show for his 72 to help Team India reach a decent total. In the 4th ODI, India struggled to score runs in pursuit of a small target but the right-hander scored yet another fifty (60) to support the team’s cause.
With 4 fifty-plus scores in 4 innings, Rahane became only the 3rd Indian opener to score 50+ in 4 consecutive ODI innings. Sachin Tendulkar and Manoj Prabhakar are the other two who scored over fifty in 4 successive ODI innings as openers.
Consecutive fifty-plus scores as openers in ODIs for India:
|Player||Span||Number of innings|
|Sachin Tendulkar||November 1994||5|
|Manoj Prabhakar||October 1994 – April 1995||4|
|Sachin Tendulkar||February – March 2003||4|
|Sachin Tendulkar||February 1996 – March 1996||4|
|Ajinkya Rahane||June 2017 – July 2017||4*|
By scoring 4 fifties in the series, Rahane became the 6th Indian to score 4 fifty-plus scores in an ODI series. With one more game to be played in the series, he can aim to become the first Indian to score 5 fifty-plus scores in a bilateral ODI series.
4 fifty-plus scores by Indians in a bilateral ODI series:
|SR Tendulkar||7||374||53.42||0||4||4||India in England, 2007|
|Yuvraj Singh||5||272||68||0||4||4||Pakistan in India, 2007|
|V Sehwag||5||314||62.8||0||4||4||England in India, 2008|
|SK Raina||4||277||92.33||0||4||4||England in India, 2013|
|V Kohli||5||344||114.7||2||2||4||Australia in India, 2013|
|V Kohli||5||381||76.2||2||2||4||India in Australia, 2016|
|AM Rahane||4||297||74.25||1||3||4||India in West Indies, 2017|
Rahane also became the first Indian player and only the 7th overall to score four fifty-plus scores in a bilateral series on West Indies soil. Out of the seven players, only three are from a visiting team including the makeshift Indian opener.
Most fifty-plus scores in a bilateral ODI series in West Indies:
|DL Haynes||West Indies||5||404||134.7||2||2||4||New Zealand in West Indies, 1985|
|RB Richardson||West Indies||5||321||80.25||0||4||4||Pakistan in West Indies, 1988|
|CL Hooper||West Indies||5||290||72.5||0||4||4||Australia in West Indies, 1995|
|HH Dippenaar||South Africa||5||317||105.7||1||3||4||South Africa in West Indies, 2005|
|LMP Simmons||West Indies||5||279||69.75||0||4||4||Pakistan in West Indies, 2011|
|Misbah-ul-Haq||Pakistan||5||260||65||0||4||4||Pakistan in West Indies, 2013|
|AM Rahane||India||4||297||74.25||1||3||4||India in West Indies, 2017|
The 28-year-old will be aiming to go past 300 runs in the series as he aggregated 297 runs so far which gives him an opportunity to do so for the first time in his career. During the 4th ODI, Rahane went past Rohit Sharma, who holds the record for most runs scored in an ODI series/tournament in West Indies with his 257-run effort in 2011 series.
Most runs scored by Indians in an ODI series/tournament in West Indies:
|AM Rahane||4||297||103||74.3||77.1||1||3||India in West Indies, 2017|
|RG Sharma||5||257||86*||129||86||0||3||India in West Indies, 2011|
|V Sehwag||5||237||97||47.4||95.6||0||2||India in West Indies, 2006|
|RG Sharma||5||217||60||54.3||61.6||0||2||Tri Nation Series, 2013|
|M Kaif||5||205||66*||51.3||67.9||0||3||India in West Indies, 2006|
(Stats as on July 3, 2017)