AUS vs IND 2nd Test: Rahane’s Calmness doesn't mean he isn’t Aggressive, says Tendulkar

Team India great Sachin Tendulkar has backed Ajinkya Rahane to do a good job in Virat Kohli's absence. Kohli has left Australia and won't be part of the remaining three Tests due to paternity leave.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 25, 2020 11:45 IST
AUS vs IND 2nd Test: Rahane’s Calmness doesn't mean he isn’t Aggressive, says Tendulkar
Ajinkya Rahane will led Team India for remaining three Tests

AUS vs IND 2nd Test: On Christmas, the former Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that Team India interim skipper Ajinkya Rahane is cool and calm by nature. According to the critics, Rahane, unlike Virat Kohli, is not aggressive but former veteran Sachin Tendulkar has declined this against Team India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane. With Kohli home returning to India for paternity leave, it is now and never for Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane will have to showcase his batting coupled with batting acumen in the remaining three Tests. 

Indian cricket team will now be without regular skipper Virat Kohli for the remaining three Tests and have a gigantic task to remain alive in the series and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, being played in Australia. In Kohli's absence, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will take charge of the depleted Indian campaign, ahead of the second Test on Boxing Day Test kick-start from tomorrow at the MCG, Melbourne.

Indian cricket legendary Tendulkar admits that Ajinkya Rahane has captained India before and he is cool, calm, and collective but it doesn't mean he is not aggressive. Tendulkar also said that Rahane is also aggressive like captain Virat Kohli as a captain. Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane scored 42 runs in the first innings of the first Test while he could not open the account in the second Test. 

Indian legendary Sachin Tendulkar told IANS, "He is an experienced player. He has been around for a long time and has scored well overseas. It is just a matter of spending time at the crease. I think they have the ability to withstand the pressure and they can do that."

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Master Blaster also said Rahane's strategy as captain might be different from Kohli's, but he and his team would have one goal - to win the match. He said, "Everyone has their own way of reacting and reacting to situations, but I can assure you that your destination is one. They have different paths to get there and this is how they can win India. Therefore, Ajinkya will have a different style and different strategy. It depends on the team management how they plan and implement it. ”

Since being dropped in India's tour of South Africa, Rahane's performance in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia) countries has partially dipped. He has been a shadow of what he was capable of performing in the first SENA cycle. Rahane has scored 607 runs in 12 Tests (23 innings) in England, Australia, and New Zealand at an average of just 26.39. He has just 4 fifties under his name in the tour.