Boxing Day Test: India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane shed light on his captaincy, conversation with Ravindra Jadeja after run out and his 12th Test hundred at MCG.
Ajinkya Rahane opened up on his captaincy and century vs Australia. (AP Photo)
- Told Jadeja to not worry about my run out and keep doing well: Rahane
- Captaincy is all about backing your instinct, credit to bowlers: Rahane
- I feel that my hundred against England at Lord’s is my best: Rahane
India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane revealed his conversation with Ravindra Jadeja after he was run out on 112, saying he told Jadeja to not worry about the runout and keep doing well on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test at MCG.
Rahane led by example with a brilliant 112 before getting run-out due to a bad call for a quick single by Ravindra Jadeja. Rahane seemed to reassure Jadeja and ask his teammate to carry on after their game-changing 121-run partnership came to an end.
“I initially thought I was in. I told him (Jadeja) not to worry about my run out and to do keep doing well,” Ajinkya Rahane revealed his conversation with Jadeja after run out.
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. Rahane credited the bowlers for bowling in the right areas while saying that captaincy was all about backing your instinct.
“Captaincy is all about backing your instinct. You’ve got to back your gut feeling. Credit to the bowlers, they bowled in the right areas,” Rahane said after the end of play on Day 3.
Ajinkya Rahane defied the weight of the India captaincy and scored arguably the most important century of his international career against Australia However, Rahane feels his hundred against England at Lord’s was his best.
“It was really special. Getting a century always is. Still feel that my hundred against England at Lord’s is my best. This game is not over yet, still have to get four more wickets,” Rahane said when he was asked about his 112-run knock.
Jadeja chipped in with two wickets and seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj took one apiece to leave Australia 133 for six at stumps, clinging to a lead of two runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.