Ramiz Raja, the previous Pakistan captain, lauded Ajinkya Rahane for guiding India to a historic 2-1 Test sequence win in Australia within the absence of captain Virat Kohli.
After India have been demolished within the opening Test of the sequence in Adelaide, Rahane took over the reins from Kohli, who left Australia on paternity depart. The 32-year-old stepped up and led India to a victory in Melbourne, a attract Sydney, after which a decisive win in Brisbane on January 19.
Raja lauded Kohli’s aggression together with Rahane’s calmness and in addition head-coach Ravi Shastri’s will to encourage gamers when the chips have been down.
“I really like Virat Kohli because he has lifted everyone in the system and has provided some aggression. He has a lot of contributions to this team,” Raja mentioned whereas talking on YouTube channel Cricket Baaz with Waheed Khan.
“At the time, India needed Ajinkya Rahane because there was a need to bring calmness within the team after getting all out for 36. He really handled it well.”
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“I give the most credit to coach Ravi Shastri because brain trust comes under pressure after getting all out for 36. To lift up the team at that time, and when superstars are also not available, still creating an environment in the dressing room that we are not less than any teams, and then also explaining the situation to the players, is not easy,” he added.
After getting back from Down Under, India are actually gearing up for 4 house Tests in opposition to England, ranging from February 5. Raja believes India pose a robust menace to the Three Lions given their robust bench energy.
“The good thing is that India’s second and third-tier players have also stood up in Australia and they have won a second series Down Under. So, you can imagine their confidence level now with their main players back,” Raja mentioned.