IND v WI: Ajinkya Rahane closes in on Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin with special act against West Indies

Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli
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India vs West Indies: indian star Ajinkya Rahane His international cricket received a boost when he was named Test vice-captain of the team for the West Indies series. Rahane, who has played 85 Tests so far, got a chance to make a comeback in the World Test Championship final against Australia and is now in the two-match Windies series, which is being touted as a long series. Even though he is looking to make a mark with the bat in the Windies Test, he did exceptionally well in the second Test against the Windies.

Rahane is regarded as one of the best fielders in the slips and he further vindicated this remark by taking a brilliant left-arm catch at first slip to dismiss Jermaine Blackwood. The 35-year-old pulled off a brilliant reflex catch when Jadeja edged Blackwood over the wicket. The ball also touched the gloves of Ishan Kishan but Rahane read the ball well and took a brilliant catch with the left hand.

Rahane closes in on Gavaskar, Azharuddin

Meanwhile, the catch brought him closer to former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin in terms of most catches by fielders in Test cricket. It was Rahane’s 102nd grab and he is now three behind Azharuddin and six behind the Little Master. Current coach Rahul Dravid leads the list of most catches by fielders in Tests with 210 catches, followed by Mahela Jayawardene with 205 catches.

West Indies team was trying to lag on the third day

Rahane’s brilliant performance came in the 87th over when Windies were 178/3 but then lost their fourth wicket in the form of Blackwood. The right-handed batsman walked back after scoring 20 runs. Mohammed Siraj took the wicket of Joshua da Silva with a ripper reverse swinger before rain washed out the final session. Before the rain came, West Indies were back on 208/5 with 230 more to go.

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