Ajinkya Rahane: Tracing his Captaincy Journey

With India arriving in Australia for a full tour comprising of 3 ODI’s, 3 T20I’s and 4 Tests starting on the 27th of November, the Indian team barring Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are match ready to face hosts Australia after an entertaining IPL 2020.

However, India is going to miss the services of the incumbent skipper Virat Kohli after the 1st Test, which is a day-night Test at Adelaide, due to the impending birth of his first child. So, the vice-captain of the Test team, Ajinkya Rahane will get another chance to lead the Indian Test team, this time for 3 consecutive Test matches.

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Rahane has previously led the Indian team in two Test matches, both in absence of skipper Virat Kohli due to injury. The first Test he captained was against Australia in 2017 when Kohli got ruled out due to shoulder injury. The second time he led India was against Afghanistan in their inaugural Test in 2018 because Kohli suffered a neck injury in recently concluded IPL 2018.

India won both the Test matches and Rahane was hailed as someone with a cool head, in contrast to the incumbent Virat Kohli. The Test in which Rahane captained against Australia was the decider with the series locked at 1-1.

Rahane fielded five bowlers and marshalled them well. He also gave Kuldeep Yadav a Test debut. His aggressive captaincy made Australia kneel for 137 runs in their 2nd innings, thus helping India win by 8 wickets and end the 2016-17 season undefeated, courtesy an attacking 38* off 27 balls from Rahane himself while chasing a target of 106 runs.

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In the other Test against Afghanistan too, Rahane played 5 bowlers and helped India win the match by an innings and 262 runs, which is the second biggest win in Test cricket as of November 2020. Also, as a goodwill gesture, Rahane invited all Afghanistan cricketers to pose for a photograph with the Indian team!

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Indian Cricket team and Afghanistan Cricket team pose for a photograph. (Source: BCCI | Twitter)

Rahane’s personal form with the bat these days is a matter of concern, and he is getting an opportunity to lead once more, can he roar back to form along with the additional responsibility of captaincy? Rahane can certainly take a cue from the fact that he has scored 616 runs in 6 tests played in Australia at an average of 44 with 1 hundred and 4 fifties.

This will be a big opportunity for Rahane to prove his mettle as a captain as well as add a new feather to his cap.

For the information, the 2nd test is a Boxing Day test (26 Dec-30 Dec 2020) at Melbourne, 3rd test is a New Year’s test (7 Jan-11 Jan 2021) at Sydney and 4th test (15 Jan-19 Jan 2021) at Brisbane.

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