Following a ravishing win of eight wickets in the second test match against Australia in Melbourne, heaps of praises have poured in for Ajinkya Rahane, the standing captain. Rahane led India to the victory and etched his name for scoring a century in the Boxing Day Test match.
Though it’s been a few days following the emphatic win, the glory and appreciation is still chasing the Indian team. There is no doubt that India corked down Australia in the same way what Aussies did to India in Adelaide, where India was bundled for the lowest score 36 under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
Queuing to the praise list, Ian Chappell, the former Australian player heaped praises for Ajnikya Rahane. “It was no surprise that Ajinkya Rahane captained India flawlessly at the MCG; anyone who saw him in charge in Dharamsala in 2017 would have recognised a man born to lead cricket teams. There were a lot of similarities between that 2017 match and the one at the MCG. Firstly, it was between the same two highly competitive rivals, then there was the valuable first-innings lower-order contribution from Ravindra Jadeja, and finally Rahane aggressively accumulating the required runs in a nervy pursuit of a moderate victory total, ” Chappell wrote in his column in ESPN Cricinfo.
Chappell praises Rahane’s quickness on the field
Chappell was appreciative of the promptness and an open mind that Rahane has on the field. He was reminded of Rahane’s smart move and mentioned in his column, “The moment that caught my attention in the Dharamsala match was the time Rahane called on debutant left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav when David Warner and Steve Smith were involved in a century partnership. “This is a brave move,” I thought, and it turned out to be a very smart one. Yadav quickly claimed the wicket of Warner – expertly caught by Rahane at first slip – and this prompted a five-wicket slide.
Talking of India’s increasing injury cases, Chappell wrote, “This tantalising series is far from over. India still have concerns with yet another fast-bowling injury and an opening batsman in a quandary. However, despite coming off a disastrous collapse in Adelaide, along with the departure of their best batsman and the loss of two leading fast bowlers, India have fewer selection headaches than Australia. It’s helpful that they have a strong, calm leader and a vibrant spirit that has built up under the Kohli-Rahane-Ravi Shastri coalition. If India do go on to repeat their last tour’s success in Australia, the Mullagh medal won’t be the only gong Rahane receives.”