Ajinkya Rahane has changed himself totally. Rahane name Player of the Match for his superb 29-ball 71* against KKR in CSK’s 49-run victory on April 23.
In a critical IPL 2023 encounter at Kolkata’s legendary Eden Gardens Stadium, Chennai Super Kings defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 49 runs to climb to the top of the points table. CSK batted first and had three players score half-centuries. CSK amassed 235 runs, the most ever at Eden Gardens in the IPL, thanks to Shivam Dube’s 50 off 21, Devon Conway’s 56 off 40, and Ajinkya Rahane’s 71* off 29. KKR’s best scorer was Jason Roy, who hit 61 off 26 balls. Rinku Singh to the finish and made a half-century, but it wasn’t enough as KKR only score 186 runs.
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“Ajinkya Rahane has found a new level and he’s batting incredibly well. ” Former CSK champion and JioCinema IPL analyst Robin Uthappa of Ajinkya Rahane’s career rebirth and why Chennai was the right spot for him to do so. Today’s innings demonstrate that he has found a second wind in his career, and it will last longer.”
“There are a couple of things that distinguish this Chennai franchise from others,” Uthappa noted. The first is role clarification, follow by communication and assurance that if they are given an opportunity, they would be given at least four to five chances even if they do not score. Especially if you are a seasoned senior executive. What more could a player ask for? This is all a good player wants. If you give a good player assurance, he will perform admirably.”
Rahane name Player of the Match for his outstanding batting performance on the evening. Rahane’s improved form prompted Eoin Morgan to compare his new hitting style to IPL veteran Brendon McCullum’s. “He’s completely remade himself.” This is more akin to Brendon McCullum-style batting than Ajinkya Rahane-style batting. So far, the strike rate in this event has been out of this world. So many images are not only beautiful but also extremely destructive, assisting things along the road. You have to take a step back and enjoy what they’ve accomplished. It just going to show the clarity and freedom Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have given him to come out and play outrageous shots.”
Morgan also had a lot of praise for the CSK opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway, who had another great opening stint tonight, saying, “They are rolling with confidence and momentum, and when you have a combination of that, it is hard to stop, particularly on such a small ground at Eden Gardens.”