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Centurion Ajinkya Rahane driven by ‘hunger’ for runs

first_imgAjinkya Rahane notched up a risk-free third hundred in One-Day Internationals as India thrashed West Indies in the second match to take a 1-0 lead in the five-game series.Rahane scored 103 off 104 balls to help India crush the hosts by a massive 105-run margin.Asked to bat first, a century by opener Rahane and half-centuries by skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan helped India post a challenging total of 310/5 from their reduced quota of 43 overs. In reply, the hosts could only manage 205/6 in reply.Rahane, who did not get an opportunity in the ICC Champions Trophy, said he was very happy with his knock. (Virat Kohli hails complete performance after India’s 105-run win vs West Indies)”Really happy with the way I played today, even in the first game. Didn’t get an opportunity in the Champions Trophy, and I was hungry,” Rahane said at the post match presentation ceremony.Rahane and Dhawan put together an opening stand of 114 runs in 18.2 overs to give a Indians a solid start.”It’s lovely to open with Shikhar. He’s in great form, we understand each other’s game really well. We complement each other,” Rahane, who was adjudged Man of the Match, said.”Wicket was slightly damp initially. We wanted to take our time initially, as well as play our shots,” he said.last_img read more