When India was playing the mega event, Rahane was honing his skills for Hampshire in the County Championship.
An action-packed opening marked an unforgettable commencement of the inaugural World Test championship.
The top two teams on the points table will play the final at Lord's on June 2021.
This will be the first series under the World Test Championship.
The second Test match of the series will be played at Adelaide.
India and Pakistan are currently participating in the Asia Cup but haven't been playing bilateral cricket for the last few years.
The teams last played against each other in a Test match back in December 2007.
The tournament, instated with the aim of bringing more context to bilateral Test cricket, will be played from July 15 2019 to April 30 2021.
Here's the detailed schedule of the Indian team until 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.
The FTP is scheduled from 2018-2023.