Ajinkya Rahane who led India to one of the greatest & most memorable series triumph is one of the modest leader as after the conclusion of match he said that he looked good as a leader because every player has contributed.
Rahane & Kohli are two different personalities but Rahane did remarkably well in guiding the team in the absence of regular captain who headed back to India on Paternity leave following the victory in the first test at Adelaide. “It’s an honour to lead the country. It was not about me but about the team. I looked good because everyone contributed. For us it was about having that character on the field, having the fighting spirit, the attitude,” said Rahane in the post-match presser when asked about his captaincy stint.
Rahane’s calm nature helped the team to move on & rise up from the Adelaide loss & he made sure that the game was not discussed before going ahead. He led the team from fore front in Melbourne with a match winning century to level up the series. The match got tougher with each passing game as the injury list grew but Rahane said that real spirit was all about fighting on with the resources they were left with.
“It was really tough after the Adelaide Test but it was all about showing character and fighting spirit. We were not thinking too much about the result. We just wanted to play good cricket. Credit to everyone in the squad including the support staff.”
Ajinkya Rahane will be back to being Kohli’s deputy captain in the upcoming home series against England next month but for now he just wants to savor this glorious victory.
“We all should enjoy this win, not just us but every Indian should enjoy this. What we did here is historic and we want to enjoy this win tonight and once we land in India we will think about the England series,” said Rahane, who too got emotional after Rishabh Pant hit the winning runs.
What was special for Rahane was the spectacular way the young players rose to the occasion throughout the entire series. On Tuesday Gill’s 91 kept India in the chase before Rishabh Pant pulled off one of the greatest wins for India with an unbeaten 89 runs.
“The way Gill batted for the last three Tests was really good. He was really composed, calm under pressure and today everyone saw what he can do.
“Washington Sundar in his first Test (here in Brisbane), we know about his bowling, but the way he batted in the first innings with Shardul (Thakur) was really good. They have set the bench-mark for themselves and I am sure they will grow from here.”
Chasing a total of 328 runs at Australia’s home ground was a diffifcult task but Rahane said that they were only focused on playing their regular game.
“This morning we spoke about playing simple cricket. What we did in this tour was fight very hard. Yes, we were looking to play session by session. During tea time, we sent messages to Rishabh but he was always looking to chase the total.
“Credit to him, he took that risk and took on the Aussies. His and Pujara’s innings gave the platform to win the game.”
Further talking about playing with the inexperienced bowling side in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Ashwin & Jadeja in the final test, Rahane added. “The message was all about bowling in partnerships, especially this Test, we knew Shardul was playing his second, Siraj has played three, Saini played two and Natarajan was playing his first.”
“So it was all about bowling in partnership, bowling in the right areas and bowling according to our plans.”