Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed after a gritty 81 in the opening Test against West Indies in Antigua on Thursday, the sixth time he had gone past a half-century in the format since scoring 132 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August, 2017.
Ajinkya Rahane said that India had a hard call to make in leaving out Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma from the playing XI but that the decision was taken with the team's specific requirements in mind for the 1st Test vs West Indies in Antigua.
Ajinkya Rahane got much needed runs under his belt ahead of the first Test as the visitors reached 174 for five at lunch on the final day of the three-day warm-up game against the West Indies A on Monday.
India had a perfect start to the second Test against Sri Lanka as they ended first day's play at 344/3. Riding on unbeaten tons from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, the Virat Kohli-led side looked in cruise control especially in the later part of the day.