Manoj Tiwary opened up on the captaincy debate between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, which has taken place ever since Ajinkya Rahane won the last 3 Tests of the Test series versus Australia in their own backyard.
Ajinkya Rahane has often made it clear that he is Virat Kohli’s deputy in Tests and will only take charge when the need arises, mainly during Virat Kohli’s unavailability.
Manoj Tiwary: Ajinkya Rahane Was Excellent In Australia Making Bowling Changes Quite Well And His Captaincy Style Is Different From Virat Kohli
Talks for Ajinkya Rahane to take over Virat Kohli as skipper started doing the rounds ever since the former took the side to a memorable 2-1 series win versus Tim Paine-led Australia, in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21, in the absence of Virat Kohli in the last 3 Tests.
However, it won’t be wrong to call the current Test line-up a shadow of Virat Kohli due to the work he has done with the side ever since he took over from a precarious position from MS Dhoni in late 2014.
Recently, India’s discarded veteran cricketer Manoj Tiwary opened up on the Test captaincy debate between the duo ahead of the side’s second Test versus England in Chennai.
Tiwary acknowledged Rahane for his leadership role in Australia and said on Sportskeeda Live, “Whatever little I saw in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane was very good. He made the bowling changes quite well. You don’t need to be a quiet guy to be a good captain; you can be expressive too. The difference is in their style.
“Rahane’s captaincy style is very different from what we see from Virat Kohli. If allowed to lead India, I am sure Rahane will do a good job. I don’t know when that time will come. He has to score consistently to keep away the talks of him getting dropped from the Test side.”
Manoj Tiwary is a right-handed batsman who bowls occasional leg break. He represents Bengal in domestic cricket and played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab & Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League. He has represented the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs and was a part of the 2012 T20 World Cup Squad of India. He played 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is and has a century and a fifty in ODI. He also picked 5 ODI scalps.
Manoj Tiwary: One Should Not Have A Controversy Within The Team
On the other hand, Manoj Tiwary also didn’t shy away from settling the debate for the Test captaincy spot between the duo of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
He opined, “As far as Rahane is concerned, he did mention that Virat is the captain of the team. He did the right thing. We should not have a controversy within the team. The team knows that Virat Kohli is the captain of the side and when he isn’t around, it’s Rahane,” added Tiwary, who last represented the Men in Blue in mid-2015.
Virat Kohli has led India to 33 Test wins and is India’s most successful Test skipper while Ajinkya Rahane is yet to lose a Test as skipper. He led India in only 5 Tests when regular skipper Virat Kohli remained absent.
At present, the visitors England are leading the 4 match Test series by 1-0 margin. Chennai, the venue for the 2nd Test also hosted the series opener first Test and the visitors won that match by 227 runs.
India has made three changes with Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav’s return to XI and Axar Patel making his debut in place of Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Washington Sundar while England has included Olly Stone, Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, and Stuart Broad in place of Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Dom Bess, and Jofra Archer in XI. India batting first is 90/3 with Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli failing to score while Rohit Sharma hit a fifty.