The Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane recently revealed his feeling after leading the Indian Test side for the first time, which was during the 2017 Dharamsala Test against Australia in March 2017.
Ajinkya Rahane is one of the most important cricketers in the present Indian Test squad. After making his international debut in August 2011, Rahane has already played 65 Tests, 90 ODIs and 20 T20Is. While the right-handed batsman played his last T20I in August 2016 and last ODI in February 2018, the 32-year-old is still handling the vice-captain role strongly in the Indian Test team.
Rahane first time experienced the captaincy of the Indian Test team in 2017 Dharamsala Test which was the fourth and final game of the Test series against the visitors Australia. He was handed that leadership role in the absence of the regular captain Virat Kohli, who missed out that Test due to a shoulder injury.
It was the crucial series decider game as the series was standing at 1-1 before that Test. India won that Dharamsala Test by eight wickets and secured the Test series victory by the 2-1 margin.
Talking about his experience to lead the Indian Test side for the first time, Rahane claimed that it was a really special moment for him. He only became sure to lead the Indian Test team in that Test match on the evening before that Test.
Rahane told Deep Dasgupta during a video chat for ESPNcricinfo, “Leading India was really special for me, particularly in that Test match against Australia in 2017. I had never thought I would captain India. By evening also I was not sure that I would be leading the Indian side or not. Virat and Anil Kumble (then India’s coach) told me the evening before the Test that I would be captaining.”
Rahane further added, “It was a very special moment for me. I couldn’t believe I was going to lead the team. The series was 1-1 and to go on to win the series 2-1 in the first Test I captained was really special for me.”
Ajinkya Rahane has led the Indian team in a total of seven international matches
In his Test career, Ajinkya Rahane led the Indian team in only another match in June 2018, where they met Afghanistan at Bengaluru. It was also the Test debut for Afghanistan where India thrashed the newest Test side by an innings and 262 runs.
Earlier, in July 2015, Rahane also led the Indian team in three ODIs and two T20Is, when India toured in Zimbabwe.