Former Australia captain, Ian Chappell heaps high praise for Ajinkya Rahane as a captain, as the right-hander will step in the captaincy shoes in Virat Kohli’s absence.
Australia will host India for six white-ball games and four Test matches. The 3-match ODI series commences on 27th November followed by 3 T20Is. The high-octane Border-Gavaskar series will begin on 17th December with a day-night Test in Adelaide followed by the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, New Year’s Test in Sydney, and the last Test match in Australia’s fortress, Brisbane.
Regular captain, Virat Kohli will miss out on the last three Test matches as he will return to India to attend the birth of his first child with Anushka Sharma. He has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI and will lead the side in the ODIs, T20Is, and the first Test in Adelaide.
Ajinkya Rahane is likely to captain the team in the last three games. The Delhi Capitals opener had captained India in two Test matches when Kohli was unavailable, and India has won both the games. He led the team in the series decider against Australia in Dharamsala in 2017 and then versus Afghanistan in the following year.
India has got a very good replacement captain: Ian Chappell
Talking to Michael Holding on his YouTube channel, Ian Chappell lauded Ajonkya Rahane’s captaincy in the Dharamsala Test against the Aussies. He was impressed by Rahane’s positive and aggressive moves. Ian Chappell liked how Rahane attacked Pat Cummins when the game was hanging in the middle and could have gone Australia’s way.
Ian Chappel said in the YouTube video, “As far as captaincy is concerned, I saw Ajinkya Rahane captain in one Test match against Australia when Australia was in India a few years back and it was the deciding Test match. And I was very, very impressed with Rahane’s captaincy.”
The Aussie continued, “I thought he was very positive, very aggressive. When the game was in the balance, he always took the aggressive option and he batted well at a time when India was probably going to win anyhow but things had got a little bit shaky. And he came in and took on Pat Cummins and took them home to victory.”
The 77-year-old opined that the Indian team had got a very good back-up captain for Virat Kohli in Rahane. The former skipper also advises the hosts to not be complacent in Kohli’s absence as he feels that the visitors have plenty of firepower in their batting, even without their skipper.
“At least, they have got a very good replacement captain. And the other thing is if Australia, I don’t think they will do this, if Australia thinks that ‘Kohli is gone home and all we have to do is turn up’, if they think like that, it will be a big mistake. I don’t think they will be complacent,” Ian Chappell added.