In the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane played a captain Inning on day 2 of the Boxing Day Test match. With the help of gis century, India finished the day at 277/5 after 91.3 overs. Rahane is standing tall at the crease and will hope to add to his tally when he comes out to bat on day 3.
Coming in to bat at number four, Rahane added crucial 57 runs for the fifth wicket with Rishabh Pant (29) before another 104* with Ravindra Jadeja (40*). The vice-captain, owned a few records after completing his century. With 334* runs in five innings, Rahane is now India's second-highest run-scorer at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). He pipped Kohli - 316 runs - on the list. Rahane averages 83.50* at MCG. Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 449 runs in five Test matches at 44.90, tops the list among Indians.
Rahane is also one of the two Indians with two centuries at MCG. Vinoo Mankad notched up two centuries in as many Tests he played there. Meanwhile, Team India finished the second day with a big lead of 82 runs. India will hope to gain a lead of at least 250 runs to put the home side under pressure.