Under fire Indian batter Ajinkya Rahane scored a century for Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra on Thursday.
Rahane, who had a mediocre Test series against South Africa in the recently concluded series, got to his ton in 212 balls, hitting 14 fours and 12 sixes along the way.
With Test series against Sri Lanka set to be played from first week of March after the T20s starting February 24, this hundred will provide the confidence that he needs and probably ensure that he retains his place in the Indian team.
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His prolonged inconsistent run has divided opinions with many saying it is time for the younger lot to replace them in the middle-order. The calls have only gotten louder following the loss in South Africa.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who is playing against Rahane in this match, will hope that his fortunes also turns around so that the questions of his selection in the Indian Test team dies down.
Meanwhile, in the Karnataka vs Railways match, Karnataka skipper Manish Pandey slammed an 83-ball 100 which consisted of 9 fours and 6 sixes. He ultimately reached 156 runs of 121 balls before being dismissed.
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In another match, Indian U-19 World Cup winning captain Yash Dhull continued his dream run even further. The right-hander started off his Ranji Trophy career with a century for Delhi on the very first day of the tournament on Thursday. In his debut game, Dhull smashed 113 runs off just 150 balls against Tamil Nadu with the help of 18 boundaries.