India Are Very Very Lucky To Have A Stand-In Captain Like Rahane: Ian Chappell
Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has praised Ajinkya Rahane for leading the Indian team to a series win against Australia.
With the Border-Gavaskar series at stake, the hosts suffered a huge setback when their maverick skipper Virat Kohli had to pull out of the contest at the last minute due to an injury. However, Ajinkya Rahane, who was captaining a side for the first time in his career, led the team remarkably well as the hosts thrashed Australia by 8-wickets in the final Test at Dharamsala to win the four-match series 2-1.
“India are very very lucky to have a stand-in captain like Rahane. I thought he did a fantastic job,” Chappell told ESPNcricinfo.
“It is not easy to do the job of a fill in because you know the actual captain has a got a certain style. So (in that situation), you think ‘what do I do? Do I try to copy that style or do I just be myself’, and Rahane did the right thing. He captained in his own way,” said Chappell.
Kohli is known for his animated approach on the field but Rahane performed his duties in a subtle yet effective manner. His field placements and bowling changes have left everyone impressed including the former Australia batsman.
“I would say Rahane is aggressive in his own quiet way. You know you don’t have to be a gung-ho captain to have the whole team behind you. You just need to do a good job and have the guys have faith in what you are doing,” he said.
“And if you are making the right moves, the aggressive field placing moves that Rahane was making, that sort of thing brings the team right behind the captain.
“They (Kohli and Rahane) do it totally different. But I thought Rahane did a good job and had the team (was) right behind him because of the way he captained,” added Chappell.
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