Team India paid off by winning the T20 series in the ODI series against Australia, but now it is the turn of the Test series. The team’s 4-match Test series between the two countries is scheduled to begin on 17 December. Regular captain Virat Kohli will only play the opening Test, then return home on Paternity Leave. In such a situation Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in the remaining three matches.
Rahane has always struggled with the image of a supporting actor for Kohli’s superhero-like personality. He now gets a chance to emerge as a leader in the team. The Australian media was asking Rahane questions on the strategy, but he pacified everyone with his answer.
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Now whatever happens in the Test series, it will be known as Rahane’s team. Still, he does not want to talk about how he plans to lead the team next week. He will wait for Kohli to leave, only after which he will make a plan. “I believe in living in the moment,” Rahane said at the virtual press conference ahead of the day-night test in Pink Adelaide.
He said, ‘Virat is our captain for this test right now. We are only thinking about this test and helping Virat here. Once he leaves, we will discuss our plans.
Rahane has previously led India in two Tests. His first experience of captaincy came in a decisive Test against Australia in Dharamsala in 2017.
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He described the team’s aggression differently. He said, ‘Intensity is not about going there and playing your shots. When you’re defending or dropping the ball, it’s still about your mindset. ‘
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Rahane claims that he worked on his fitness and mental strength during the lockdown. At the same time, the Australian team is in trouble due to the exclusion of David Warner and Will Pukowski. (Input from agency)