Despite suffering the leanest series of his career against England, Rahane has scored more runs than David Warner at a better average than Root in the past 12 months. Among the game’s most adaptable batsmen,
capable of playing on both fast seaming tracks and dust-bowls anywhere in the order, the softly spoken Rahane scored vital centuries against the West Indies and New Zealand. One half of the partnership that swung the Border-Gavaskar series in Bengaluru, even in a quiet season Rahane excelled. But that’s Rahane, a man always quietly excelling.