India vs Australia 2017: Five talking points from the fourth Test at Dharamsala
#4 Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy
Pushed into the captaincy cauldron after Virat Kohli’s sudden departure, Ajinkya Rahane had little time to fit into the role. On the morning Kohli left the field, Rahane’s team leaked a lot of runs. However, the very next morning, he was out with some clearly made out plans.
In the final Test, he insisted on having his own combinations, making sure that Kuldeep Yadav was one of the five bowlers that played. Yadav made his debut, and bamboozled the Australian batting in the first innings with his variations.
Rahane also showed that you don’t have to be vocal to be aggressive, displaying his intensity in his field setups. In the slips, he took responsibility, taking some blinders even though others couldn’t match up to his standards.
Lastly, he stepped up and dissolved all the pressure to finish off chase, scoring a breezy knock to make sure that the small target didn’t pose any threat to India.Published 28 Mar 2017, 14:08 IST