Mumbai: Former India skipper Bishan Singh Bedi on Saturday praised Ajinkya Rahane for his attacking half century in the second Test against Australia at Perth.
"Ajinkya Rahane played a superb knock (51) today. Absolutely brilliant...the captain (Virat Kohli) and the vice-captain (Rahane) were complementing each other. It was a lovely sight and today was very absorbing cricket," Bedi said after India reached 172/3 at stumps on the second day.
"This sort of cricket cannot be replaced by any other gimmick — whether it is T20 or I don't know — 100 balls (cricket)," said the 72-year-old Bedi at the Bombay Gymkhana in the financial capital.
Kohli played a pivotal role with the bat, bringing up his 25th Test century on Sunday to lifting India from a double blow at the beginning of their innings to a total of 283. Rahane, who was dismissed early on the third day, had earlier played a key role in resurrecting the Indian innings with a solid 91-run fourth-wicket stand.
Bedi refrained from commenting whether it was the best chance for India to win a Test series in Australia.
"We can only find out after the end of the series. I don't want to be a predictor," the great left-arm slow bowler and member of the famous Indian spin quartet said.
At the event, Bedi was in conversation with former Mumbai skipper Shishir Hattangadi to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the first Test match played in India from 15 to 18 December, 1933 at the Gymkhana.
During the conversation Bedi praised the work done by Justice RM Lodha, whose panel suggested a slew of reforms in cricket administration, most of which were incorporated by the Supreme Court.
"....The work done by Justice Lodha — to my mind he is deserving (of the) highest honour of the country," he said.