Long wait for Mumbai and Ajinkya Rahane finally ends

The right-handed batsman, who has 5460 runs at an excellent average of 62.04 with 19 hundreds in 60 First Class games, also got this chance through sheer luck. Shikhar Dhawan, who made a dazzling start to his career in the third Test at Mohali scoring 187 on debut, was the obvious choice for the Delhi Test until he suffered an injury to his knuckles on his left hand.

updated: March 22, 2013 14:45 IST
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New Delhi: A 16-month-long wait finally came to an end for Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane who was handed his India Test cap by Harbhajan Singh ahead of the team's fourth cricket Test against Australia on Friday.

In the process, Rahane, who became the 278th Test player for India, also brought an end to a lean patch for the 40-time Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai, who did not produce even a single Test player for the country in the last six years.

Off-spinner Ramesh Powar was the last player from Mumbai to make his India debut in May 2007 when he played against Bangladesh at Chittagong.

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