He is as assertive on the field of play as he is unassuming off it. One of many outstanding batsmen gifted to the country by the metropolis of Mumbai, Ajinkya rose to national prominence with an aggregate of 1,089 runs in the 2008-09 edition of the Ranji Trophy, which helped the island-city clinch the title for a record thirty-eighth time. He was among the runs in the subsequent seasons as well and scored two centuries for India ‘A’ in the Emerging Players tournament in Australia in 2011.
His consistency earned Ajinkya a place in the Indian team for an ODI series against England in the same year. He made an immediate impression with the bat and in the field. After making his Test debut against Australia at Delhi in 2012-13, he displayed his proficiency in all forms of the sport in diverse conditions in the years that followed. Two fifties in a Test at Durban and a century at Wellington were followed by a match-winning 103 at Lord’s, cricket’s HQ, in 2014. Ajinkya also scored ODI hundreds against England and Sri Lanka and ended 2014 on a high, with a brilliant 147 in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne. He was part of the Indian team that reached the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and captained the national side on a tour of Zimbabwe later that year.
The batting bulwark of a young and dynamic team, Ajinkya became only the fifth Indian to score twin hundreds in a Test, against South Africa at Delhi in 2015-16.