Rohit Sharma has hailed Ajinkya Rahane for his ability to steer the team out of tight spots repeatedly. “We’ve seen Ajinkya for so many years. Whenever the team has been in a difficult situation, he’s come and rescued us. And this isn’t something he’s done just once or twice, he’s done it in many innings. We’ve seen it outside India and in India. This shows how strong he is mentally, and how much hunger he has,” he said.
Rohit and Rahane joined hands at 39 for three and went on to add 267 runs for the fourth wicket. “We’ve played together quite a bit, so we have a good understanding, which singles to steal, which runs we shouldn’t go for, we had quite a bit of communication going on,” said Rohit. “When we knew there was something in the pitch for the bowler, we just wanted to respect that spell. [Later] Ajinkya came out and started playing his shots, and from there he never looked back.”