Mumbai, April 26 -- India are a specialist batsman short going into the World Cup but even then there is no place for Ajinkya Rahane. Not too long back though, he was an automatic choice for the No 4 slot. At the 2015 World Cup in Australia, Rahane didn't do too badly in that position, scoring 208 runs in seven innings at an average of 34.66 with a highest of 79 against South Africa. Since February 2018, however, Rahane has not been picked for India's ODIs.

This is the roller-coaster story of Rahane; never completely out of reckoning but often looking in from the outside.

This has not been a great month for Rahane-five days after he found out he was not in the world cup squad, he was stripped of the Rajasthan Royals captaincy. That he res...