In a Indian cricket team full of bulging muscles, tattooed arms, gelled hair – a quiet yet very effective man stands out and he is none other than Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
A stark opposite personality to his captain Virat Kohli, Rahane is India’s Test batting mainstay. He looks from a Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid generation with his calm-headedness and textbook batting style.
Born in Mumbai, Rahane started playing Cricket at a young age. He rose through the ranks, plundering runs in domestic cricket. He made his ODI and T20I debut for the Indian national team in 2011 against England and his Test debut in 2013 against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla.
He has never looked behind ever since. He is the only player in the current Test team to have his name at the Lords’ Honours Board for his match-winning century against England in 2014. Even the greats Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting don’t have their names on the board.
In his 56 Test matches, Rahane has scored 3488 runs at an average of 40.56 with 9 centuries and the highest of 188. In 90 ODI games. he has made 2962 runs at an average of 35.26 with 3 centuries and 24 half centuries.
The 30-year-old might not be a hard hitter of the cricketing ball but his sublime technique and his brisk running between the wickets makes him stand out of a current lot of batsmen. Apart from that, he is a brilliant fielder too.
Let us take a look at his workout and diet plan:
Ajinkya Rahane Workout:
- Running: He tells healthyceleb.com, “You should at least run 3 miles on a daily basis to keep yourself fit and active. It’s not necessary that you should run on a treadmill only. Rather it would be better if you would run around the neighbourhood and especially in the morning as it would allow you to take in a lot of fresh air on a regular basis. The fresh air would keep you healthy and a good run would clean out all drowsiness from your eyes and make you alert and ready to face the day.”
- Suryanamaskar and Meditation: He likes performing Surya Namaskar and Meditation every morning. It keeps him calm and builds his composure. He says, “You must have a healthy and positive state of mind during practice. I try to maintain that each time I step in to bat. For me, visualisation is the key. Simulating a match situation in my head each time I bat during practice helps me. In the end, the finer things you do each day count.”
- Karate: Ajinkya started practising Karate when he was 6 years old, he was a black belt when he was 11. He believes that practising karate during his initial years helped him very much.
- Gymming: The right hander likes to spend quality time in the gym. He thinks that even one or two hours are enough if you are doing core exercises as compared to doing light exercises throughout the day. He urges doing heavy exercises on a regular basis.
Ajinkya Rahane Fitness Videos:
Rahane tells that captain Virat Kohli has greatly influenced his fitness. He tells getfitso.com, “ Virat Kohli focuses greatly on his fitness. Since he is India’s captain in all three formats today, players look up to him and want to match his standards. I believe this is a wonderful culture that he’s brought into the team. We look to keep improving each day, each session.”
Ajinkya Rahane Diet Plan:
Rahane has eggs for breakfast. He also has oats in the morning. Oats supplies your body with lots of energy and keeps the protein quotient up in your body. He also consumes a lot of milk to boost his energy levels after workout sessions.
He has Fish, Grilled Chicken and Salad for lunch as well as dinner and fruits as snacks. According to healthyceleb.com, Fresh salad is a must for Rahane in dinner as it keeps him healthy and keeps his weight in control. Eating light in dinner is one of the key tips offered by health experts and if you adopt this habit, you’ll surely be satisfied with the results. Fresh juice is also must for Rahane. It makes him feel more active as juices play a key role in removing the toxins from our bodies.
Being a Maharashtrian, Rahane is a Misal Pav fan. It being a spicy and not so healthy dish, he has to spend a few more minutes in the gym. He tells that you may indulge in a weakness now and then, but you should never forget to compensate for it by working out a bit extra.
He advises to avoid carbohydrate rich food like bread, pastries, noodles, potato etc. He also tells to avoid oily foods and most importantly he says to have meals every 2-3 hours.
Ajinkya Rahane Interview:
In an interview to Mid-day Rahane says he was always a bit shy but karate and cricket taught him that it is important that he keeps learning each and every day, be it in his practice sessions or during tournaments.
Talking about his phenomenal international record. He says, “Before any series or tour, I do my preparation and keep it very simple. In England, the conditions change within 15 to 20 minutes. It all depends on the weather, but playing close to your body in England, playing as late as possible and having the patience to wait for that loose ball is very important. My practice sessions at BKC were all about focusing on playing late and playing close to my body.”
When asked about his challenges and obstacles in life. He says, “I always feel that one should enjoy every moment in life. There should not be any fluctuation. Unknowingly, we all, as human beings, try to capture everything, but it’s not that. Life is all about giving. We should learn from each and every person even if they are junior or senior to you. There should be no ego clashes. Give more than your 100 per cent to what you have been called to do and enjoy success and failure at the same time.”
We at Kreedon wish Jinx a wonderful career ahead. May he break and create numerous records.