Ajinkya Rahane reacted to praise by Bishen Singh Bedi but remained grounded knowing his captaincy stint was only limited to 3 Tests in Australia.
Ajinkya Rahane has drawn plaudits for his captaincy in Australia. He has also been termed as the ‘best Test captain India has ever had’ by some cricketing experts.
Ajinkya Rahane Was Termed Best Test Skipper Of India By Bishen Singh Bedi
The tour of Australia changed quite a bit with respect to Ajinkya Rahane’s stature as a skipper. Ahead of the series, there were talks of Rohit Sharma leading the Test side instead of Ajinkya Rahane. But, the manner in which the tour concluded shifted the tide completely in favour of Ajinkya Rahane, with many experts even calling him to be made the permanent captain in the longest format in place of Virat Kohli.
Former India skipper and a legend of the game, Bishen Singh Bedi compared him to another iconic leader, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi as he was termed the ‘best Test captain India has ever had’.
Speaking to Indian Express, Ajinkya Rahane reacted to the special praise by Bishan Singh Bedi as he respected compliments from legends and said his aim is always to do well for India. The regular captain Virat Kohli now resumes the charge in forthcoming Test series against England after playing and captaining only 1st Test.
“It’s all just sinking in. The compliments from the legends means a lot and I respect it. I respect what the critics say too. You have to take it in your stride. You can’t get over-confident.
“I just humbly accept the compliments. My aim is to do well for my country and keep improving as a cricketer, whether as a captain or a vice-captain or a player. I believe that every time we step on the field there is an opportunity to do something special for the country. So it’s all just sinking in. It is a really proud moment,” said Ajinkya Rahane.
Ajinkya Rahane has led India in 5 Tests and under him, India won 4 drawing the one at Sydney. His 80% success rate is among best for Indian captains. Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.
Ajinkya Rahane Insists He And Virat Kohli Are Good Friends And Both Aim To Do Well For India
Despite Ajinkya Rahane being termed as a better Test skipper than Virat Kohli by a few big experts of cricket, the equation between the two teammates holds the risk of getting strained. But, the kind of friends the duo are, the latter is ready to take the backseat and let the former resume his charge.
“We both are really good friends. We just want to do well for the country. Let me tell you, Virat is the captain now and I am the vice-captain. The situation is back to what it was. He is captain and I am vice-captain, and I am enjoying my role.
“When Virat left after the Adelaide match, my aim was similar to his — to do well for my country and to get the best out of every player. We both are really close and really good friends… I am happy to take a back-seat in the England series and continue,” he explained.
With the England Test series now starting on February 5, Ajinkya Rahane becomes an advisor to Virat Kohli on the field. The respect, however, that the Mumbai batsman has earned with his leadership in Australia, is certain to alleviate his status in the team.