Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar lauded Ajinkya Rahane as the ‘Most Complete player’ in the current Indian Test team after the latter scored a century in both the innings during the 4th Test in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
“Rahane is currently the most complete Test batsman in the country. He is brilliant both in attacking and defending. He has done well everywhere, in all the conditions whereas Virat Kohli struggled in England,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
By hitting 127 in the first innings and an unbeaten 100 in the second, he became the fifth Indian to hit a century in both the innings. He has scored a century each in Australia, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka before hitting two tons against South Africa here.
However, the veteran felt sorry for the Indian captain who missed out on a Test ton by returning to the dressing room after scoring 88 runs, adding just 5 after the overnight break.
“I feel sorry for Virat that he could not score a century at his home ground which would have been memorable. He should have got a hundred yesterday. It is not easy for anybody to start again after a break and in his case it was an overnight break,” said the former India captain.
With a score of just 72 runs for 2 in 72 overs, Sunil Gavaskar did not seemed surprised by watching the ultra-defensive approach shown by the proteas in their second innings. “They (South Africans) were doing what their team needed. It might not be attractive for the spectators who would want a lot of fours and sixes but this (slow batting) is what the South African team needed.
“It’s all the more admirable for AB de Villiers who is such an explosive batsman to curb his aggression. But he was doing what his team needed,” Gavaskar said.
Big scores from Rahane and Kohli helped India put up a huge target of 480. This meant Team India are unlikely to lose the Test from here. Sunil Gavaskar stated beating South Africa with a margin of 2-0 or even 3-0 for that matter would be a terrific achievement for the team.
“It will be a huge achievement whatever the margin, whether 2-0 or 3-0. South Africa are the number one Test team and they have not lost an overseas series for nine years. It is a terrific achievement for India,” Gavaskar said.