Boxing Day Test: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar was in awe of Ajinkya Rahane’s on-field character, captaincy and field placements during the 2nd Test vs Australia.

Ajinkya Rahane did fantastic captaincy vs Australia: Shoaib Akhtar. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Team India has regrouped under Ajinkya Rahane: Shoaib Akhtar
  • Rahane’s captaincy, bowling changes, field placements led to India’s revival
  • Rahane scored a splendid hundred to take India into the driver’s seat

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar lauded Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy, saying India’s stand-in skipper is a cricket savvy guy and the visitors have shown character under his leadership.

Ajinkya Rahane has taken the charge of Team India in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, who returned back after the first Test to attend the birth of his first child. Going into the match, India were under a lot of pressure due to their shambolic performance in the Adelaide Test.

Rahane’s captaincy bowling changes, field placements, positivity and calmness was a reason why India could bundle out Australia for 195 in their first innings. And when the team needed Rahane the batsman, he led from the front with a splendid century.

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In a true show of character, Rahane built partnerships after partnerships to take India to a position from where they can smell a possible victory now.

“I get happy to see the character of teams. One man takes the onus of changing the scenario of the match. Team India has regrouped and smashed Australia. They have also shown the world that they have the power to regroup,” Shoaib Akhtar said on his Youtube channel.

“This is the character of a team under a captain like Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane, who is a Maharashtrian, is a sensible, very cricket savvy guy and did very good captaincy, ” Akhtar added.

“You can see his bowling changes, the way bowlers responded. Rahane was calm under pressure and did perfect maneuvering in field placements. Rahane has shown maturity.

“Teams build on the characters of captains, bowlers respond, batting line-up charges in. Rishabh Pant played a handy cameo but Jadeja was effective. You have to praise Rahane for his knock of 104 runs and bringing India in the driver’s seat vs Australia,” Akhtar further said.



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