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Ajinkya Rahane has no pressure from Test Captaincy

December 15, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

India and Australia will lock horns one more time in the upcoming four-match Test series. The series opener pink-ball Test will begin on December 17 in Adelaide. For the first match, the Indian side will be led by Virat Kohli. However, the top-notch batsman and skipper will depart from Australia after the 1st Test to witness the birth of his first baby in January. Ajinkya Rahane will be the stand-in captain in the absence of Virat Kohli.

Sunil Gavaskar has brought into notice that Ajinkya Rahane has no real pressure of captaincy. A player like him can do his job correctly in Kohli’s absence. He has already led the team on two instances, and the side has won the game both times. Rahane has to assist Cheteshwar Pujara well and keep playing his best game, opines Gavaskar.

Rahane will do the work just like he plays his cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar stated that there is no real pressure on Rahane because both the times that he has led the team, India won. He has directed India against Australia at Dharamshala and against Afghanistan. 

Hence, as long as his captaincy is concerned, there is going to be no pressure on him at the moment. He is going to be the stand-in captain for the Three Test matches. 

Therefore, I don’t think the thought of being a captain is going to be part of his thinking at all.  He will do the job exactly how he plays his game. This means that as a batsman, Rahane will go out there and try and let Pujara grind the opposition, said Gavaskar.

The commentator further added that he was anxiously waiting and thrilled to see Pujara bat. Pujara loves being on the crease and draining the bowlers down. Although he has not played cricket for long, the batsman still can manage to play the best. He has developed a great range of shots over the last two years.

Cheteshwar Pujara was awarded Player of the Series for scoring 521 runs in the 2018-19 series. The Indian side won 2-1, and Gavaskar feels he will once again have to bat the same way if India has to do well in the upcoming series. Rahane performed brilliantly in the practice games and will look forward as the series kicks-off on December 17.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth