Seasoned batsman and India’s vice-captain in Tests Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in the remainder of the matches of the 4-match series in the absence of Virat Kohli. Hosts Australia already have a 1-0 lead ahead of the 2nd Test in Melbourne, starting on Saturday, and Ajinkya Rahane will have a lot on his shoulders.
While Kohli is known for his on-field aggression, Rahane is cool and calm. In this regard, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has a piece of advice for Rahane as he takes up the captaincy of the team. According to Gambhir, Rahane does not need to change his personality and, in fact, showcase aggression in his own way.
“See, one thing is you don’t change your personality overnight and you don’t need to change your personality. There are different captains, there are different personalities who have led their sides in a completely different way. Ajinkya can’t be Virat Kohli, Virat Kohli can’t be MS Dhoni and MS Dhoni could never be Sourav Ganguly. So all these guys have been successful captains,” Gambhir told Sports Today YouTube in an exclusive interview.
“So be the way you are and one change that I would definitely want to see is Ajinkya Rahane coming and batting at No. 4 because that is what would send a message that ‘I’m leading from the front’.”
Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, Gambhir has given Rahul dravid’s aggressive style of captaincy as example for Rahane, who could showcase his aggression as captain without the show of emotions on the field.
“It’s not about the emotions you show on the field or reacting to every wicket or reacting to every run you score and all that stuff. You’ve got many other ways of being aggressive. Your body language can be aggressive, your field placements could be aggressive, you could ask your bowlers to bowl different lengths, your batting could be different. There are so many other ways where you could lead from the front.. and people who say he wears his heart on his sleeve and all that stuff is irrelevant,” Gambhir added.
“I could never expect someone like MS Dhoni to show emotions, Dada was a bit more emotional, Virat Kohli’s a much more emotional guy. Anil Kumble was aggressive when he captained the side, Rahul Dravid was aggressive in his own way- set fields, we chased totals, so Ajinkya Rahane does not need to change anything.”
Gautam Gambhir’s full and exclusive interview to premier on Sports Today at 5 pm on December 25