Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the side in the remainder of the Test series in Australia in the absence of Virat Kohli, who has departed home in order to be with his pregnant wife Anushka Sharma.
While Kohli is an emotional character whose expressions gives you an exact idea about the situation of the game, Ajinkya Rahane is cool and composed in his demeanor. That said, Rahane is quietly aggressive in his own imitable style and former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir feels that the middle-order batsman should not try to change his personality overnight, and instead showcase his aggression via his on-field tactics, field placements, and by coming in to bat No.4, to send out a message that he is leading from the front.
”See, one thing is you don’t change your personality overnight and you don’t need to change your personality. There are different captains, there are different personalities who have led their sides in a completely different way. Ajinkya can’t be Virat Kohli, Virat Kohli can’t be MS Dhoni and MS Dhoni could never be Sourav Ganguly. So all these guys have been successful captains,” Gautam Gambhir told Sports Today YouTube in an exclusive interview.
“So be the way you are and one change that I would definitely want to see is Ajinkya Rahane coming and batting at No. 4 because that is what would send a message that ‘I’m leading from the front’.” he added.
”It’s not about the emotions you show on the field or reacting to every wicket or reacting to every run you score and all that stuff. You’ve got many other ways of being aggressive. Your body language can be aggressive, your field placements could be aggressive, you could ask your bowlers to bowl different lengths, your batting could be different. There are so many other ways where you could lead from the front.. and people who say he wears his heart on his sleeve and all that stuff is irrelevant,” Gambhir added.
Gambhir added that Ajinkya Rahane can follow the Rahul Dravid template of captaincy, who had a similar personality but he used to show his aggression in the manner he set the tone with the bat besides setting aggressive fields.
“I could never expect someone like MS Dhoni to show emotions, Dada was a bit more emotional, Virat Kohli’s a much more emotional guy. Anil Kumble was aggressive when he captained the side, Rahul Dravid was aggressive in his own way- set fields, we chased totals, so Ajinkya Rahane does not need to change anything,” Gambhir added.