Ajinka Rahane got the chance of opening the innings only after Rohit Sharma's injury © Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane (above) got the chance of opening the innings only after Rohit Sharma’s injury © Getty Images

Sep 2, 2014

Ajinkya Rahane’s 106 at Birmingham created a new record for India in One-day International (ODI) cricket. He become the first Indian opener to score an ODI hundred against England in England. The previous best was Sachin Tendulkar‘s 99 at Bristol in 2007. Rahane’s opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan‘s career saving 97 not out in the same match (Birmingham) is third in the top five list. Parthiv Patel’s 95 in Chester-le-Street in the 2011 tour is in the fourth position in the top five list.

Here are the top five scores by an Indian opener against England in England:

Name

Date

Score

Venue

Ajinkya Rahane

02-09-2014

106

Birmingham

Sachin Tendulkar

24-08-2007

99

Bristol

Shikhar Dhawan

02-09-2014

97*

Birmingham

Parthiv Patel

03-09-2011

95

Chester-le-Street

Sachin Tendulkar

05-09-2007

94

The Oval

Complete coverage of India’s tour to England here

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)