AUS vs IND: Ajinkya Rahane’s Calming Influence May Work In India’s Favour, Feels Krishnamachari Srikkanth | Cricket NewsDecember 25, 2020
Former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth feels India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane might set completely different benchmarks within the ongoing Test collection, as he has a confirmed document within the longest format of the sport. Rahane, who was India’s third-highest run-scorer within the pink-ball Test, had led the aspect to an eight-wicket victory towards Australia within the fourth Test in Dharamsala in 2017. The former India opener mentioned Rahane has a confirmed observe document in Test cricket and added that the workforce’s fortune can take a optimistic flip with the brand new skipper’s calming affect. “The new leader Rahane has a proven record in Test matches, like how he led the Indian team in Dharmshala. He has a good record in Test. As a personality also he has a calming influence on the players, he is not sort of the likes of Virat Kohli who expresses himself in an aggressive mood,” Srikkanth advised ANI.
“Maybe change in fortune with the captain also and if new ideas put he might set the different benchmark in the coming Test match,” he added.
The former Indian skipper mentioned if Rahane proves his value, he could also be an possibility for the Indian selectors within the close to future.
“It’s too early to say because the track record of Virat is by far one of the best in Indian history as a captain. I won’t look at that way but if Rahane is able to establish himself as a Test match captain in absence of Kohli, I think it gives an option for the Indian selectors and Indian team to look at,” mentioned Srikkanth.
“For me, it’s like trying to redeem himself, rediscover or extend his Test match career for Rahane because he is the one player who always looked at the challenges and done well in those situations,” he added.
India was bundled out for 36 within the second innings of the pink-ball Test. This rating is India’s lowest-ever rating in Test cricket. Before this, India’s lowest rating was 42 in Test cricket towards England in 1974.
“As a cricketer and having played for India and having followed Indian cricket so closely, seeing the lowest score was a shocking thing and whole cricketing world stood up and said it’s something not looking good from an Indian team perspective because 42 was first time lowest score we made in 1975 (1974),” mentioned Srikkanth.
“I personally feel it’s like a nightmare.. concerned staff around Indian team preparing that how they need to prepare for the next Test,” he added.
India and Australia will now conflict within the Boxing Day Test, starting on Saturday.
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