Stats: Ajinkya Rahane's successful tour of West Indies

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.

Ajinkya Rahane
India’s Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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:

Player Inns Runs Avg 100s 50s 50+ scores 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:

Player Team Inns Runs Avg 100s 50s 50+ scores Series
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:

Player Inns Runs HS Ave S/R 100s 50s Series
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)