India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane turns 32 today and wishes have been pouring in from all quarters for the Mumbai batsman on social media.
India captain Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were among the first ones to wish Rahane on Twitter.
“Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Jinx and a great year ahead,” Kohli tweeted.
“Happy Birthday, @ajinkyarahane88 Here’s wishing you loads of runs and success ahead,” the BCCI tweeted.
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Jinx and a great year ahead. @ajinkyarahane88
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 6, 2020
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 6, 2020
India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma also wished his fellow Mumbai teammate.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 6, 2020
Rahane will have to celebrate his special day indoors amid the lockdown in India due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Mumbai, where Rahane was brought up, is the worst-hit city in the country with over 45,000 cases so far.
175 international appearances
The No.9 batsman in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings
— ICC (@ICC) June 6, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane turns 32 today – wind back five and a half years and watch his wonderful innings of 147 against a strong Australia attack at the MCG. pic.twitter.com/jitxnCHlO9
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 5, 2020
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) June 6, 2020
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) June 6, 2020
— Navdeep Saini (@navdeepsaini96) June 6, 2020
Rahane in fact was one of the first Indian cricketers to come forward and donate Rs 10 lakh to the Maharastra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the fight against the COVID-19.
He joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Kohli, Suresh Raina, etc to donate huge sums of money for the cause.
Maharashtra has the highest number of cases in India with over 80,000 confirmed positive. Over 2800 people have died in the state due to the virus.
The virus has led to a shutdown of all sports-related activities and tournaments, including the high-profile Indian Premier League which was originally scheduled to begin on March 29 but has been indefinitely postponed.
Rahane was supposed to turn up for his new team Delhi Capitals this season after parting ways with Rajasthan Royals in November, 2019. The former captain played for 8 seasons with Rajasthan Royals after making a move from Mumbai Indians in 2011.