India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has turned 33 on Sunday. On this special occasion, fans around the world started wishing him as well. Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shared their wishes as well.
“Happy birthday jinks. Lots of peace, happiness to you and many more memorable partnerships with you,” wrote Kohli.
“Here’s wishing @ajinkyarahane88 – #TeamIndia’s Test vice-captain – a very happy birthday,” added BCCI and posted highlights of the stunning knock of 115 against South Africa of Ajunkya Rahane which he made in 2019.
1⃣8⃣3⃣ intl. games 👍
7⃣9⃣2⃣0⃣ intl. runs 💪
Most catches in a Test 👌
Sit back & enjoy one of his finest hundreds against South Africa 🎥 👇
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 6, 2021
ICC tweeted: “Happy birthday, @ajinkyarahane88! He has scored 7920 runs in 183 internationals so far and recently led India to the famous Border-Gavaskar Trophy victory in Australia in 2020-21”.
Happy birthday, @ajinkyarahane88!
He has scored 7920 runs in 183 internationals so far and recently led India to the famous Border-Gavaskar Trophy victory in Australia in 2020-21 💥 pic.twitter.com/ni8dhKxQlN
— ICC (@ICC) June 6, 2021
“A perfectly timed birthday wish for Jinks, just like any of his classy shots,” wrote Rahane’s Indian Premier League team Delhi Capitals, and added, “Happy Birthday, @ajinkyarahane88”.
A perfectly timed birthday wish for Jinks, just like any of his classy shots 😉🤩
— Delhi Capitals (Stay Home. Wear Double Masks😷) (@DelhiCapitals) June 5, 2021
Happy Birthday to a चाबूक batsman, @ajinkyarahane88 🎂
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 6, 2021
However, Team India will play against New Zealand in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final from June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. And captain Virat Kohli said that it will be challenging for them, but they will not be playing under any pressure.
During the pre-departure presser, Virat Kohli said, “WTC final will be challenging for the team. But it’s time to enjoy what we’ve has done in past years. There’s no pressure on me and there won’t be in the future. It’s the final, so it’s time to enjoy it. It’s a great opportunity to reflect and relax. Just for the guys to roam around freely, considering that we will have a five-Test series coming. It will give us time to regroup and that is required before an important series like this.”
He further added: “In the past, we have landed in places three days prior and have had a hell of a series. I think it is all in the head. This is not the first time we are playing in England. We all know what the conditions are. Even if you are used to the conditions, but if you don’t have the right frame of mind when you enter the ground you are going to nick that first ball and find it tough to pick wickets.”