Australia tour (India tour of Australia 2020-21) is difficult for any cricket team. Playing on a fast and bouncy wicket is not easy for any batsman. Kangaroo teams throw everything to victory in their home.
The kind of passion shown by the Indian players who returned from Australia recently in the Test series is excellent. On this tour, India suffered a two-and-a-half day loss in the Day Night Test match played in Adelaide before Ajinkya Rahane took over the captaincy of Team India in the Test series. The Indian team was all out for 36 runs.
After this, the regular captain of the team Virat Kohli returned home on Paternity Leave and Rahane was given the captaincy for the last three Tests. In the absence of Kohli, the way Rahane handled Team India cannot be easily forgotten.
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Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar (Dilip Vengsarkar) told our affiliate newspaper Times of India, ‘Rahane scored a century in the second Test match played in Melbourne and led the team ahead. It is necessary for a captain to score in this way. The way he led the team in difficult times was exemplary. His calm had a positive impact on the team.
India defeated Australia 2–1 in the 4-match series and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second time in a row.
Vengsakar said, ‘As a captain, he adopted a good strategy. It is laudable to bowl Ravichandran Ashwin on the first day of the MCG Test. He allowed Ashwin to bowl freely. In the batting order, sending Rishabh Pant ahead of Hanuma Vihari was a master stroke. The way to lead a team is different for every captain. It is important for the captain to remain calm during difficult times. When catches were dropped, fielders made a mistake or when bowlers or batsmen failed. I saw this kind of quality in Ajinkya Rahane as a captain.