Our communication backed our instincts: Ajinkya Rahane on his record MCG stand with Virat Kohli in 2014

India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane opened up on his maiden call up, his relationship with Rahul Dravid and his 262-run record 4th wicket stand with Virat Kohli against Australia in 2014.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had scored centuries against Australia in the MCG Test. (Twitter Photo)

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had scored centuries against Australia in the MCG Test. (Twitter Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • I was thinking how can I attack and score runs: Rahane on his record stand with Kohli
  • Kohli and Rahane had struck fluent centuries and stitched a record 262-run fourth-wicket partnership
  • Ajinkya Rahane spoke during an Instagram live session with Delhi Capitals

Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday recalled his record 262-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli against Australia at MCG in 2014 during an Instagram Live session with his new IPL team Delhi Capitals.

Kohli and Rahane had struck fluent centuries and stitched a record 262-run fourth-wicket partnership as India fought back bravely in the MCG Test vs Australia in 2014.

“Frankly when I was seating inside the dressing room, Virat and Murali Vijay were batting and then when I went out to bat, our score was 170 for 3. The ball had become old till then. I was thinking how can I attack and score runs. I was not thinking about surviving. When I went, initially I took my time for 25-30 minutes. Once I got to know about the wicket, our communication backed our instincts,” Rahane told in the Instagram live session.

Rahane, who was a nervous starter, raced away at the start, scoring 24 off just 14 balls with four boundaries. He slowed down as he approached 50, but still maintained a healthy run-rate.

Rahane went through another burst which took him from 74 to 100 off 22 balls. The partnership was broken by another iffy decision – not the first Rahane has had to suffer. He was adjudged out leg before to Nathan Lyon to a ball that did not spin too much and might have missed the off stump.

Kohli and Rahane had made the most of a placed pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to put together a fluent partnership that looked like turning the Test in India’s favour.

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