As Team India’s regular captain Virat Kohli will return home after playing the first match of the four-match Test series against Australia, Ajinkya Rahane is likely to be handed over the Test captaincy duty. Australian great Ian Chappel has also heaped praise on Virat Kohli’s deputy in Test cricket, stating that Rahane is a ‘very good replacement captain.’
Ian Chappel recalled that he was dazzled with Rahane’s captaincy during the series-decider match against Australia in 2017. Although the match was in India’s favour, Chappel laud’s the right-hand batsman aggressive approach towards the game.
“As far as captaincy is concerned, I saw Ajinkya Rahane captain in one Test match against Australia when Australia were in India a few years back and it was the deciding Test match. And I was very, very impressed with Rahane’s captaincy,” Ian Chappel told Michael Holding in the latter’s YouTube show.
I thought Ajinkya Rahane was very positive, very aggressive: Ian Chappel
Apart from clever captaincy, the former Australian cricketer also praised his batting. He said that Rahane took command on his hand with willow when the game was a bit slipping.
“I thought he was very positive, very aggressive. When the game was in the balance, he always took the aggressive option and he batted well at a time when India were probably going to win anyhow but things had got a little bit shaky. And he came in and took on Pat Cummins and took them home to victory,” he further added.
Impressed with Rahane, he has tagged the Test vice-captain as a good replacement of Kohli as the skipper. Notably, Ajinkya Rahane has impressively led the Men in Blue in 2 Tests, delivering continuous victories.
Australia should not think of India as a loose squad after Kohli’s departure: Ian Chappel
Ian Chappel has further warned Australia to not take the Indian squad lightly after Kohli’s departure
“At least, they have got a very good replacement captain. And the other thing is if Australia, I don’t think they will do this, if Australia thinks that ‘Kohli is gone home and all we have to do is turn up’, if they think like that, it will be a big mistake. I don’t think they will be complacent,” suggested Chappell.
Virat Kohli has taken paternity leave to attend the birth of his child and thus, he will be absent in the last three Test matches.
Meanwhile, currently, India and Australia are playing the first ODI match in the Sydney Cricket Ground.