India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane rallying team with quiet aggression finds favour with Ian Chappell

PTI, Mar, 29 2017

New Delhi: Ian Chappell says India are lucky to have a stand-in captain like Ajinkya Rahane, who led the side in his own aggressive way which was quite different from the leadership style of Virat Kohli.

Ajinkya Rahane (C) celebrates with teammates at the fall of an Australian wicket in the Dharamsala Test. AP

Ajinkya Rahane (C) celebrates with teammates at the fall of an Australian wicket in the Dharamsala Test. AP

Rahane led the hosts to a series win in Dharamsala in the absence of the injured Kohli.

"India are very, very lucky to have a stand-in captain like Rahane. I thought he did a fantastic job," the former Australian captain told ESPNcricinfo.

"It is not easy to do the job of a fill-in because you know the actual captain has a got a certain style. So (in that situation), you think 'What do I do? Do I try to copy that style or do I just be myself?', and Rahane did the right thing. He captained in his own way," said Chappell.

Rahane performed the duties in his own quiet way, a contrast to the usually animated Kohli on the field.

"I would say Rahane is aggressive in his own quiet way. You know you don't have to be a gung ho captain to have the whole team behind you. You just need to do a good job and have the guys have faith in what you are doing.

"And if you are making the right moves, the aggressive field placing moves that Rahane was making, that sort of thing brings the (team) right behind the captain.

"They (Kohli and Rahane) do it totally different. But I thought Rahane did a good job and had the team right behind him because of the way he captained," added Chappell.

Published Date: Mar 29, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017



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