One of the greatest Indian batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar has backed Ajinkya Rahane ahead of the India vs Australia Test series. Sachin has opined that Rahane will succeed as captain in the absence of Virat Kohli.
Tendulkar has led the Indian side in 25 tests before standing down to focus on his batting. He backed fellow Mumbai cricketer to step into Kohli's shoes as a captain successfully. Speaking to Sports Tak, Tendulkar emphasized Rahane's record as captain. He also praised him for having controlled aggression on the field.
Virat Kohli is to hand over the captaincy reins to Ajinkya Rahane after the first Test at Adelaide Oval. Kohli will then head back to India for the birth of his first child. Whereas Rahane will look forward to making it two successive Test series victories for Team India on Australian soil. Rahane will take over from the 2nd Test that is going to take place in Melbourne on December 26.
Sachin Tendulkar's unique advice for Ajinkya Rahane
The "Master Blaster" also offered his advice to Ajinkya Rahane as he prepares to take over the captainship duties from Kohli. Tendulkar advised Rahane to be himself while leading the side. The 47-year-old backed him to trust his cricketing brain during all the matches. Rahane has been the Test captain of India on a few occasions before. The middle-order batsman excellently took charge after Virat Kohli got a shoulder injury in 2017.
During that time, Rahane guided India to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Australia at Dharamshala. The 32-year-old was also leading the Indian side when they thrashed Afghanistan in their first Test in Bengaluru back in 2018.
The right-handed batsman is known for his calm attitude and is a much more reserved personality than Kohli on the field. The cricket fanatics will be hoping that Rahane's peaceful nature will help the visitors do well against the hosts in their backyard. After all, the battle between the top two nations has always been known for tempers that soar easily.
Tendulkar also suggested that team India should focus more on the process rather than worrying about the results. In 2018-19, India defeated the Australian side without Steve Smith and David Warner. The duo was serving bans from a ball-tampering scandal. With this, Tendulkar said that their return and the emergence of Marnus Labuschagne might make the series more difficult for India.