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Ranji Trophy: Ajinkya Rahane, Yash Dhull hit tons

For the U-19 India captain, it was a graduation to the senior level with top marks

The Telegraph Published 18.02.22, 12:41 AM
Ajinkya Rahane.

Ajinkya Rahane. File Photo

There were quite a few centuries on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy, but two stood out — Ajinkya Rahane’s effort while playing for Mumbai against Saurashtra and Yash Dhull’s debut hundred representing Delhi against Tamil Nadu.

While the 33-year-old Rahane (batting 108) will hope that this innings will help him inject fresh life into his wobbling Test career, 19-year-old Dhull (113), who also happens to be the captain of the India U-19 side which won the World Cup recently, will expect his knock to impress the selectors as he dreams of a place in the Indian Test side.


Rahane and Sarfaraz Khan (121 batting off 219 balls) guided Mumbai to 263/3 against Saurashtra on Day I in Ahmedabad. Rahane took his time to get settled at crease, but once comfortable he played his shots, hitting 14 boundaries and two sixes.

On the other hand, for young Dhull it was a graduation to the senior level with top marks. His well-crafted ton helped Delhi get to 291/7 against Tamil Nadu in Guwahati.

What made Dhull’s effort even more remarkable was the fact that he batted in an unfamiliar opening position. There was no nervousness in his batting as his runs came at a quick click and he also hit as many as 18 boundaries.

Pandey power

Karnataka also had two centurions on the first day of their game against Railways in Chennai as Manish Pandey (156 off 121 balls) and KV Siddharth (140 batting) powered them to 392/5 at stumps. Pandey’s blistering knock included 12 fours and 10 sixes.

First-ball wicket

Dhull’s U-19 teammate, all-rounder Raj Bawa, too had a dream Ranji Trophy debut.

Playing for Chandigarh, Bawa, who bowls medium-pace, got a wicket off his very first ball as he had Hyderabad captain Tanmay Agarwal caught behind. Bawa finished the day with 2/43 as Hyderabad reached 270/7 at stumps.

(Written with agency inputs)

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