Ajinkya Rahane further enhanced his reputation among fans and peers as he refused to cut a kangaroo cake upon his return home from Australia. India’s Test vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, remains one of the most respected figures in Indian cricket.
Under his able leadership, the Indian team emerged as victorious by 2-1 in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar trophy. Upon his return home, however, his decision of not cutting a Kangaroo cake earned him even more respect from fans.
Ajinkya Rahane : One Should Give Opposition Respect So Took The Decision Against Cutting The Cake With Kangaroo Which Is Australia’s National Animal
Indian cricketers received heroes’ welcome as they arrived from Australia after making history Down Under by winning Test and T20I series. Friends and families of the players welcomed the players in a grand manner. As Ajinkya Rahane returned home, a special cake was prepared for him but out of respect for the Australians, the veteran batsman refused to cut the cake.
In conversation with renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle, Ajinkya Rahane opened up on his decision to snub the cake-cutting ceremony. On being asked about his decision, he said that he only had respect for the opponent team, no matter the nature of the result.
“Kangaroo is their national animal. I don’t want to do that. You give your opposition respect, you treat them well even if you win or even if you create history. You have to have respect for your opponent and other countries. That is why I took the decision against cutting the cake with a kangaroo on it,” Ajinkya Rahane told Bhogle.
Harsha Bhogle also asked Ajinkya Rahane if he is feeling tired after the Australia tour. The response of India’s Test vice-captain was: “Yes, but in a good way”.
Ajinkya Rahane Led India In Last 3 Tests And Becomes Second Asian Skipper To Beat Australia In Own Backyard
The 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Down Under will go in history as arguably the finest away series triumph for the Indian team. Ajinkya Rahane, on the other hand, is now the second Asian captain to have beaten Australia in a Test series in their own home.
Leading the Indian cricket team in the remaining three Tests against full-strength Australia was unarguably the most challenging task Ajinkya Rahane had taken up as a captain. With Virat Kohli returning home after the Adelaide Test debacle where India team registered lowest Test score of 36, the Indian team was at its lowest.
In such challenging times, he stood up and inspired his teammates to deliver their best. The team, in the end, went on making history. Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback for the ages as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.