Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that there will be no pressure if Ajinkya Rahane is given India’s captaincy in the last three Tests against Australia in the absence of Virat Kohli. Kohli will return home on paternity leave after the first Test in Adelaide. Rahane is likely to be given the captaincy in the remaining three Tests. Gavaskar said in Star Sports’ Game Plan ‘,’ There is no pressure on Ajinkya Rahane as he captained India twice and won both times.
India won under Australia under his captaincy at Dharamshala and then also won against Afghanistan. He said, “As far as his captaincy is concerned, there will be no pressure because he knows that he will be the acting captain for the next three Tests.”
Gavaskar said, “So I don’t think he would be thinking too much about captaincy.” Rahane captained India in both practice matches which were a draw. Gavaskar said, “He will captain it as honestly as the batsman does.” At the crease, he will give Pujara an opportunity to put pressure on the opponent and support himself.
Pujara was the ‘Player of the Series’ scoring 521 runs in the series played in 2018-19. India won that series 2–1. Gavaskar believes that if India is to do well in the upcoming series, then Pujara will have to play long innings. He said, ‘Out of 20 days of Test cricket, I would like him to bat for 15 days. He is so mentally strong that it does not matter whether he has played in any other format or not.
Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden also praised Pujara, saying, ‘He bothered us a lot. We are in a generation where the player is praised for his strokes and strike rate. He is one of those players whose strike rate in Test cricket is close to 45.