Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell hailed Ajinkya Rahane as an “aggressive” and “very good” captain ready to thrive in the absence of Virat Kohli.
Rahane is expected to lead the Indians in the other three tests of the Border-Gavaskar series because Kohli is on her way home for the birth of her first child.
This means that 66 Test veteran Rahane is now tasked with the challenge of leading a series. following India’s lowest round total in testing history, which saw Australia beat visitors for just 36 races.
Rahane led his country in two trials, leading India to an eight-wicket victory over Australia at Dharamshala in March 2017, before leading his troops to victory by a round and 262 races against Afghanistan in Bengaluru in June 2018.
Chappell said Rahane’s performance as a skipper in the test against Australia has shown he is a quality captain.
“He’s very aggressive. In a game where I saw him captain against Australia, the series was square and whoever wins the last test would win the series,” said Chappell. Great world of sport.
“As a captain you often find yourself in a position where you have a choice: you can choose the aggressive option or you can choose the conservative option. Usually, the aggressive option is better, and Ajinkya Rahane has chosen the aggressive option every time – and that really impressed me. “
When Mayank Agarwal and night watchman Jasprit Bumrah went out to bat at 1-9 at the start of day three of the Adelaide Oval Test, no one could have predicted the disaster about to unfold.
They were set to drop to the lowest total in cricket test innings since 1955, equaling the lowest total on Australian soil and eclipsing the previous lowest total at Adelaide Oval of 46 points, a score of 82.
But Chappell said Rahane and his team shouldn’t think about the collapse.
“You just have to put it out of your mind,” Chappell said.
“He’s gone, there’s nothing you can do about it, so you just have to say, ‘Okay, how are we going to get back on this show?’
“He’s a good captain, Rahane. I only saw him captain in one game, but he was very good.”
To replace Kohli, be Rishabh Pant, who averages 38.76 on 13 tests and has a best non-eliminated score of 159, KL Rahul, who has an average of 34.58 on 36 tests and has a best score of 199 , or the young uncapped pistol Shubman Gill.
The 21-year-old has an average of 68.78 and a best score of 268 in 23 first-class appearances, while he made 65 in the SCG Tour game against an Australian XI.
“What you have to say to the team is, ‘Anyone who comes to replace Kohli – a guy can’t replace Kohli.” But what you have to do is you have six drummers there and they all have to give you 15% more – and that makes up for Kohli’s disappearance, ”Chappell said.
“Everyone has to contribute a little more; this is the only way to compensate Kohli. You can’t expect just one guy to do it.
“And obviously, then, if Rahane behaves well himself, it always helps when you’re captain.
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