Ajinkya Rahane is a calm and cool character who doesn’t show much emotion on the field, something which he should continue to do when he leads Team India in the 3 Tests against Australia from December 26, feels Gautam Gambhir.
- Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian team in the remaining 3 Tests vs Australia
- Gautam Gambhir suggested Rahane to be aggressive through attacking field placements and bowling changes
- India trail the 4-match series 0-1 after losing the first Test by 8 wickets against Australia inside 3 days
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels Ajinkya Rahane should just remain the way he is and not change a thing about himself just because he will be leading the national team in the absence of Virat Kohli in the remaining 3 Tests against Australia from Boxing Day.
Rahane is completely opposite to Kohli and doesn’t show his emotions on the field, much like former skipper MS Dhoni. But that doesn’t mean he can’t show his aggression through attacking field placements and bowling changes, suggested Gambhir.
“You don’t change your personality overnight and you don’t need to change it either. They (Rahane and Virat Kohli) are different captains, different personalities. Ajinkya can’t be Virat Kohli, Virat Kohli can’t be MS Dhoni and MS Dhoni could never be Sourav Ganguly. All these guys have been successful captains.
“So be the way you are and one change I would definitely want to see is Ajinkya Rahane batting at No. 4 because that will send a message that ‘Yes I’m leading from the front’. It’s not about showing your emotions on the field all the time or reacting to every wicket or every run you score. You’ve got many other ways to be aggressive.
“Your body language can be aggressive, your field placements could be aggressive. You can probably ask your bowler to bowl attacking lengths, your batting could be different. People say this guy wears his heart on his sleeve, all that stuff is crap.
“Ajinkya Rahane does not need to change anything, all he needs to do is tell his team that we are looking to win this game, they’ve got an opportunity and they’ve got the team to win the Test match in Australia because the hosts are very vulnerable especially in the batting department,” Gambhir told Boria Majumdar on Sports Today.
India trail the 4-match series 0-1 after losing the first Test by 8 wickets against Australia inside 3 days but will get the chance to bounce back on December 26 when the second Test match begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.