The Indian team has got many star players till date through the Indian Premier League. It is said that IPL especially gives young players an opportunity to prove their quality. However, some veterans of the Indian team have also got a chance to make a comeback at the national level through the IPL. Something similar may happen to Ajinkya Rahane in the current IPL season as well.
Ajinkya Rahane is playing for Chennai Super Kings for the first time this year. Rahane has been in good form playing with the new franchise. Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings faced each other on Sunday. Rahane scored an unbeaten 71 runs against CSK in just 29 balls in this match. It included 6 fours and 5 sixes. Rahane has played five matches in the current IPL season so far and has scored 209 runs at an average of 52.25 and a strike rate of 199.04. Considering Rahane’s form, the Indian team management and selectors may have to think about playing him in the upcoming ODI World Cup.
This year, the ICC ODI World Cup will be held in October and November in India. Ajinkya Rahane can play at number four for the Indian team in this major tournament. In the last few months, the team management tried Suryakumar Yadav () at number four, but he could not perform as expected for the team. Suryakumar Yadav In the ODI series against Australia in March, Suryakumar was dismissed for a golden duck (nil on the first ball) in all three matches. He has scored 433 runs at an average of 24 in the 23 ODIs he has played so far. In this case, the team may have to find an alternative player for Suryakuma at number four soon.
On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer has been performing well at number four for the Indian team in the last three years. However, he has recently suffered a groin injury and there are also doubts about whether he will be fit for the ODI World Cup. Iyer has also had to undergo surgery due to the injury. In such a scenario, Rahane can bat at number four for India during the World Cup. Given his current form, his inclusion in the squad is also more likely to benefit the team. (Ajinkya Rahane may get a chance to play at number four for the ODI World Cup)
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