Deep Dasgupta, former Indian wicket-keeper said he knew that Ajinkya Rahane will be successful in taking charge of the Indian team who were almost written off after the horrendous batting debacle in Adelaide.
After that humiliating 8-wicket loss in Adelaide Test where they registered lowest ever Test score of 36, many experts thought that the tourists won’t have any chance to rebound in the series, especially in the absence of Virat Kohli. But Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliance as captain and batsman completely changed the plot.
Deep Dasgupta: Ajinkya Rahane Is Quiet And Aggressive But Less Expressive Than Virat Kohli
The stand-in skipper led India in Virat Kohli’s absence to a series-levelling win in the Boxing Day Test and scored a match-winning hundred against Australia.
“I knew he could do it, there’s no two ways. And it’s not just about him, there are other leaders as well. I have been an Ajinkya fan not both of his international debuts but from his first-class days because you could see someone special there,” Dasgupta told Sports Today.
Deep Dasgupta also spoke about the Ajinkya Rahane’s composure on the field. The former cricketer stated that he is equally aggressive as Virat Kohli but he chooses to remain calm.
“He might be quiet but that doesn’t mean he isn’t aggressive. He might be less expressive than someone like Virat, but he is equally aggressive, equally attacking, the way he thinks and handles himself. It’s just that he keeps quiet. But I have seen him leading us well. We all have seen him leading India before,” Dasgupta said.
Deep Dasgupta recalled his stint as a captain in the Dharmshala Test against Australia in 2017, stating that he led the side with an aggressive mindset.
“We all remember how he led the team in Dharmshala. He was attacking in his mindset; his bowling changes were attacking. His team, again, was very attacking. So, I think, if you look back and see… you will get hints that he is someone who is very, very aggressive in his mindset. Obviously, his batting tells you that… the way he bats, counter-attacking more often when India is not in trouble,” Dasgupta said.
The win at MCG is more creditable as India did not had services of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami besides the humiliation of getting bundled out for 36 at the Adelaide Oval still fresh in mind.
Deep Dasgupta: Ajinkya Rahane Kept Players Together
In the 2nd MCG Test, Australia were bowled out for 195 with Jasprit Bumrah picking 4 scalps. India scored 326 courtesy a valiant 112 from Ajinkya Rahane. Australia were dismissed for 200 in 2nd essay before India scored the required 70 runs losing 2 wickets for an incredible 8 wicket win. Ravindra Jadeja scored 57 in 1st innings besides picking up 5 wickets in two innings with ball.
“The former cricketer also credited Rahane for keeping the players together in the act of winning the second Test against Australia. I didn’t really have any doubt that he can get this team together. Also, credit to the other leaders who all stood up – starting from Pujara to Ashwin to Bumrah, and Rahane got all of them together. When India were bowling, the bowling captain seemed to be someone else. “
“It wasn’t Ajinkya running up to the bowlers all the time. It was Ashwin or Bumrah speaking to other bowlers; Ashwin predominantly. So, you got everyone involved in it and that is so important. Under crisis you have to get everyone involved and make everyone a stakeholder,” Dasgupta concluded.
Ajinkya Rahane now has won all his 3 Test matches as captain-the Dharmshala Test in 2017 against Australia, the one-off Test against Afghanistan and now the away Test against Australia in Melbourne.