Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting expects Virat Kohli to be at the helm of the Indian side after the end of the series and says that he does not believe that there is any threat to the skipper’s role.

India captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli returned to India for the birth of his first child after the humiliating loss in the first Test
  • Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side for the rest of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy
  • Rahane led from the front on Sunday in the Boxing Day Test with his 12th hundred

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels that stand-in-skipper Ajinkya Rahane has done a good job in the absence of Virat Kohli, but does not see anyone else take the place of the India skipper.

Virat Kohli returned to India for the birth of his first child after the humiliating loss in the first Test in Adelaide and Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side for the rest of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

“I think he’s done a great job to pick up the pieces from Adelaide with this team, lead really well in the field yesterday and you can see he’s playing like a captain now as well.

“He wants to play that captain’s knock; he wants to get a hundred in Virat’s absence and do the best thing he can to try and drag his country and his team back into this series,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.

Rahane led from the front on Sunday with his 12th Test hundred and the second against Australia and more importantly helped India get out of a precarious situation of 64/3 and end Day 2 on a much respectable 277/5 with a lead of 82 runs. Rahane remained unbeaten on 104 of 200 deliveries.

Do not doubt Kohli’s captaincy skills, says Ponting

But Ponting expects Virat Kohli to be at the helm of the Indian side after the end of the series and says that he does not believe that there is any threat to the skipper’s role.

“Virat will be captain of India as long as he wants to, but if he thinks standing down is going to make him an even better player, then that’s a scary thing for world cricket.

“I’m not doubting Kohli’s captaincy skills or credentials at all, I’m just saying it’s going to take something special to pick up the pieces and Rahane’s been able to do that so far.

“I don’t think there’ll be pressure from anywhere else for Kohli to do that but let’s wait and see,” Ponting added.



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