The world’s greatest batsman Sachin Tendulkar believes that if Indian captain Virat Kohli leaves the Test series and returns to India, there will be a vacuum in the team, but at the same time, Master Blaster also hopes that Kohli’s absence will be an opportunity for a young player. Now former Australia captain Ian Chappell has expressed hope that if Indian captain Virat Kohli returns to India for his child, Ajinkya Rahane can captain the team well and he has given some examples.
India captain Virat Kohli will return to India on paternity leave after the first Test in Adelaide on December 17 and will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the remaining three matches of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell finds Ajinkya Rahane a great captain and hopes his aggressive style will appeal to the Indian team. Ian Chappell said during the virtual conversation, “I saw him captain the Test against Australia (Dharamsala in March 2017) and I loved his captaincy. He’s actually an aggressive captain.
Ian Chappell then mentioned the first of Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy during the Test match against Australia, which caught his attention. “I remember some of his captaincy,” he said. In Australia’s first innings, David Warner was dominating, while he brought in Kuldeep Yadav (then his Kuldeep was playing his first match) and dismissed Warner.
Ian Chappell said, “The other thing I remember is that India was chasing a small target and they lost 2 wickets. Rahane came on the pitch and dominated the Australian bowlers. He scored more than 20 (38 off 27 balls). I liked his attitude. As a captain, he has two options, he said. One is aggressive and the other is defensive. I believe that Test cricket requires an aggressive attitude and Rahane is aggressive.