Ian Chappell feels anyone who saw Ajinkya Rahane marshall his troops in that game, would realize that he is brave, smart, and born to lead cricket teams.
Ajinkya Rahane is brave and smart skipper: Ian Chappell. (AP Photo)
- It was no surprise that Ajinkya Rahane captained India flawlessly at the MCG: Ian Chappell
- Ajinkya Rahane is brave and smart skipper: Ian Chappell
- Ian Chappell pointed out similarities between Dharamsala 2017 and MCG 2020
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell was full of praises for stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, calling him brave, smart, and born to lead cricket teams. Chappell further said he wasn’t really surprised to see the flawless manner with which Ajinkya Rahane led the India team in their eighth-wicket triumph over the Australians at the MCG.
India were without Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma for the 2nd Test. They lost Umesh Yadav to an injury in the 2nd innings but that didn’t stop Ajinkya Rahane and his men from putting their best foot forward and winning the second Test by 8 wickets.
“It was no surprise that Ajinkya Rahane captained India flawlessly at the MCG; anyone who saw him in charge in Dharamsala in 2017 would have recognized a man born to lead cricket teams. There were a lot of similarities between that 2017 match and the one at the MCG. Firstly it was between the same two highly competitive rivals, then there was the valuable first-innings lower-order contribution from Ravindra Jadeja, and finally Rahane aggressively accumulating the required runs in a nervy pursuit of a moderate victory total,” Chappell wrote in his column on ESPN Cricinfo.
“The moment that caught my attention in the Dharamsala match was the time Rahane called on debutant left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav when David Warner and Steve Smith were involved in a century partnership. ”This is a brave move,” I thought, and it turned out to be a very smart one. Yadav quickly claimed the wicket of Warner – expertly caught by Rahane at first slip – and this prompted a five-wicket slide. That’s part of Rahane’s success as a skipper: he’s brave and smart. However, there’s much more to his leadership than just those two important qualities. He is calm when things could easily get out of hand. He has earned the respect of his team-mates, one of the most important aspects of good captaincy. And he gets runs when they are needed, which adds to the respect his team has for him,” he added.
However, Chappell said this “tantalizing series” is far from over but feels India have fewer selection headaches than Australia.
“This tantalizing series is far from over. India still have concerns with yet another fast-bowling injury and an opening batsman in a quandary. However, despite coming off a disastrous collapse in Adelaide, along with the departure of their best batsman and the loss of two leading fast bowlers, India have fewer selection headaches than Australia. It’s helpful that they have a strong, calm leader and a vibrant spirit that has built up under the Kohli-Rahane-Ravi Shastri coalition. If India do go on to repeat their last tour’s success in Australia, the Mullagh medal won’t be the only gong Rahane receives,” Chappell concluded.