Ajinkya Rahane hit a brilliant century on the second day of the Boxing Day match in Melbourne. Rahane, who has been the acting captain against Australia, has led India to a strong position while playing the captaincy innings. Rahane completed his 12th century in Test cricket with a four off Pat Cummins. He played a key role in giving India an edge over Australia while playing the captaincy innings.
After Virat Kohli’s return to India, Rahane has been named captain for the remaining three matches of India’s tour of Australia. He has shown his ability in this match very well. Rahane first added 52 runs for the fourth wicket with Hanuma Vihari and then shared a 57-run partnership with Rishabh Pant for the fifth wicket.
Former cricketer impressed by Rahane’s captaincy
The former veteran cricketers praised the changes in bowling by the captain of the team, Ajinkya Rahane, who led the team in the second Test against Australia. Australia decided to bat after winning the toss in the ‘Boxing Day’ Test but Rahane sensibly changed the bowling to keep the pressure on the batsmen of the hosts.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting also credited Rahane for India’s success on the first day. He (Rahane’s captaincy) has been fantastic then. We were all worried about how he would return after Adelaide. I think they were better today. ‘
Ponting said, “Rahane was completely accurate in terms of changes in bowling and putting the fielders in the right place. He made some wicket plans including making a catch at leg slip and sending Steve Smith to the pavilion. Joe Burns was also out in the way he wanted.