Melbourne: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has praised India’s acting captain Ajinkya Rahane and said that he is brave, smart and calm. India had won the second Test match under the captaincy of Rahane and equalized 1–1 in the four-match Test series.
The victory of the Boxing Day Test match was also important because India lost in the first Test match and in the second Test match, she landed without her regular captain and top batsman Virat Kohli. Rahane captained the team twice before that Test match and won both times.
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Chappell (Ian Chappell) wrote in his column in ESPNcricinfo, ‘It is no surprise that Rahane captained the team in the MCG. He captained Dharamshala in 2017. It can be said that this player was born only to captain the cricket team.
Chappell wrote, ‘There are a lot of similarities between the 2017 Dharamsala match and the MCG match. Firstly, the match was between the two best competing teams and after that it contributed significantly to the lower order in the first innings and finally Rahane batted with aggression and took the team towards the winning total ‘.
Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) had a brilliant century in the first innings at the MCG and scored 27 not out in the second innings.
Chappell (Ian Chappell) wrote, ‘This is part of Rahane’s success as a captain – he is brave and clever. Apart from two important qualities, there is a lot in his leadership ability. He keeps calm when things start coming out of his hands.
He said, ‘He has got the respect of teammates. This is the most important aspect of good captaincy and when needed, he scored runs.
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Chappell (Ian Chappell) said that the Indian team knew that no one could make up for Virat Kohli’s absence, so extra effort would be needed.
He wrote, ‘Jaspreet Bumrah was performing brilliantly as usual, constantly attacking the batsmen. Ravichandran Ashwin left his impact on Steve Smith with the new confidence gained in Australia. This increased the confidence of the Indian team. Inspired by the senior players, Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj contributed significantly.