Rajasthan Royals (RR) opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane slammed his second IPL century during the game against Delhi Capitals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday.
Rahane reached the three-figure mark off 58 balls with a brace off Ishant Sharma. He smashed 11 fours and three sixes during his innings – 105 not out off 63 balls.
Rahane’s knock came close on the heels of him being replaced by Steve Smith as Rajasthan Royals captain. The Aussie cricketer was appointed as the skipper last year but he had to make way for Rahane in the wake of Australia’s ball-tampering scandal in Capetown.
Rahane’s maiden IPL hundred before this game came against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2012 when he racked up 103 off 60 balls including 12 fours and five sixes. RR won that match by 59 runs.
Here are some best tweets:
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 22, 2019
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 22, 2019
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 22, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 22, 2019
Finally Rahane throws caution to the winds. On someone’s pushing or on his own? Does not matter. Shows he has the T20 shots, it was just his mind holding him back. #RR
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 22, 2019
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) April 22, 2019
Very happy for Ajinkya Rahane. Great attitude, joy to watch when he gets going
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 22, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 22, 2019
So happy to see Rahane showcasing his skills with the bat. Maybe taking the captaincy away from him has allowed him to just focus on batting or it has fired him up. Whichever it is = plenty of run for @rajasthanroyals #RRvsDC
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) April 22, 2019
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) April 22, 2019
Marvellous century by @ajinkyarahane88 has been the highlight of Rajasthan’s batting. Would India’s selectors have been impressed had he had shown such form at the start of the season I wonder
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 22, 2019
Ajinkya Rahane hits a ton
—His 2nd IPL ton
—First ever IPL ton at Jaipur
—Lost his captaincy in the last game and that’s how you reply — with a stellar performance
Looked confident in this knock
When in good touch looks a fantastic player#RRvDC @rajasthanroyals
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) April 22, 2019
TAKE A BOW, AJINKYA RAHANE!
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 22, 2019
Indians with multiple centuries in IPL:
2 Sehwag, Vijay, Samson, RAHANE#RRvDC
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 22, 2019
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2019
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) April 22, 2019