Ajinkya Rahane was given a grand welcome when he arrived in Mumbai after leading India to a historic series victory in Australia. The Indian team has returned back home with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy – not just retaining it, but winning it again for the second time in consecutive tours on Australian shores.
A heavy number of cricket fans welcomed Rahane at the Mumbai airport with flowers and dhols. Fans gathered on the streets of the city to cheer for the stand-in skipper. Rahane was showered with petals and chants of ‘aala re aala Ajinkya aala‘ at the sound of trumpets. He met with his wife and daughter on arrival. From the airport to his colony, it seemed nothing less than a festive season.
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Ajinkya Rahane maintains his unbeaten captaincy record for Team India
Since Virat Kohli left after the first Test to attend the birth of his child, Ajinkya Rahane took over the captaincy reigns. Rahane led from the front to pull the team out of the horror in Adelaide – India was bowled out for their lowest ever Test total – by scoring a century in Melbourne.
He inspired others around him, as the batsmen managed to eke out a hard-fought draw in Sydney. Then, the final frontier: The Gabba. Australia hadn’t lost a Test in Brisbane since 1988 until they met a bruised team India.
The visitors, battling with the injuries in their own dressing room and the racial abuses from outside, defeated, conquered, the Gabba, Australia’s fortress, with just 3 overs remaining in the match.
With the victory in Brisbane, India won the Test series with a scoreline of 2-1, which is the same margin with which the visitors won the series a couple of years ago, for the first time in Australia.
Under Rahane’s captaincy, India hasn’t lost a single Test yet; 4 wins and 1 draw. India will next host England for a 4-match Test series with an eye on the World Test Championship final as Virat Kohli returns to lead the side.