Ajinkya Rahane Praises Farmers, Talks On Their Influence In His Life
Ace batsman Ajinkya Rahane talked about the respect he possesses for farmers at an event on Sunday. The event was organised by the Shivar Foundation for the launch of a new product. Rahane talked about his upbringing in farms and how those experiences have shaped his opinions about farmers.
Farmers are the 'actual heroes'
Rahane cited his time growing up in the fields of Sangamner, an area near Pune. Rahane explained how these farmlands acted as the very first pitches he ever played on and how the batsman got his start in cricket by playing on these fields. He also elaborated on how his grandmother used to work early mornings to maintain the fields. He proceeded to mention how touring South Africa used to make him reminisce on his time at the farm.
The Shivar Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that aims towards betting conditions of the farmers. The NGO, which registered out of Kolhapur, has had Ajinkya Rahane associated with it for some time now. The event on Sunday was for the launch of goat-milk soap. Rahane also spoke about how he feels grateful for the farmers' efforts every time he eats a morsel of food, at home or at a hotel. He added the analogy of droughts is just like a cricket toss, totally out of control. Even in the past, there have been instances of Rahane being involved in initiatives to help farmers.
Happy to be part of this event yesterday in Pune to support a unique initiative taken by farmers. Always nice chatting with @sunandanlele about this initiative. pic.twitter.com/KkGyeNKkXJ— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) November 4, 2019
Ajinkya Rahane has been in and out of the limelight in the past few years. Rahane, India's Test vice-captain, has even lost his place in the squad in 2018. His patience saw him coming back into the squad and performing in the Carribean where he scored one hundred and two fifties, finishing second in runs only behind Hanuma Vihari. Rahane has stayed consistent in his effort at the Rajasthan Royals too. Even though he had to give up his captaincy after Steve Smith's return, Rahane still scored 393 runs in the 2019 season for the Royals which included a career-best 105*. In the South Africa tour of India in October, Rahane was the fifth-highest run-scorer in the series with 216 runs.