When Ajinkya Rahane made his debut in Test cricket, he was hailed as the new Rahul Dravid in Indian cricket. His sound technique and calm nature had all the making of the ‘next wall’. While Rahane is on the right path to become India’s top middle-order batsman, he narrated a story on a TV show recently, telling how he was told to fill Sachin Tendulkar’s shoes instead, soon after the legend retired.
Ajinkya Rahane was a part of Indian team when India had beaten West Indies in the Mumbai Test, which was also the last Test match of Sachin Tendulkar’s career. Ajinkya said on the TV show that how the whole dressing room was engulfed with sad emotions. He also remembered Sachin taking him to a corner of the dressing room and complementing him for the right attitude he saw in him.
It was after the present ceremony, though, that Ajinkya received the best compliment of his life. He said, “After the presentation, Anjali Bhabhi (Sachin’s Wife) came to me and told me that I will have to take up Sachin’s role in the team.” Ajinkya could not believe that someone like Anjali, who has seen Sachin from the close quarters as a family member, would see him replacing the great man. He said, “You feel special when such compliments come by your way. I was humbled by this.”
Ajinkya also remembered how his family member stopped him from going for practice, two day before his marriage. He said, “An important series was coming soon and I did not wish to wait any time to prepare myself. I was practicing regularly and had practiced till two days were left for my marriage. When I got ready to go to the ground on the next day, my family members literally stopped me by gripping my hand. They asked me to care about my skin as only two days were left for my marriage.”