Immense onus on Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Boxing Day Test, affirms Gautam Gambhir

AUS vs IND Boxing Day Test: Gautam Gambhir said “So there is a lot of onus on Ajinkya Rahane, plus Mohammad Shami will not be there. There will be a lot of onus on what combination they go with.”

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 24, 2020 12:50 IST
Immense onus on Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Boxing Day Test, affirms Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir speaks ahead of Boxing Day Test

AUS vs IND Boxing Day Test: Former Indian southpaw Gautam Gambhir believes Ajinkya Rahane led Team India will need to forget what occurred on the third day of the opening Test when they step out against Australia (AUS vs IND 2nd Test) in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Gambhir affirms that there will be an immense onus on the shoulders of stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, who will lead Team India for the remaining three Tests in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has headed back home on paternity leave approved in principle by BCCI.

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir opines that the Indian cricket team should make a fresh start in the second Test beginning Saturday at MCG, obliterating the shameful defeat in the opening Test in Adelaide. Although the first two days of the pink-ball D/N Test went in India's favour, Team India seemingly lost the match in the morning session on Day 3.

The Aussie pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins rattled the visitors for a paltry 36* - India’s lowest-ever total in the history of Test cricket resulting in an unpredictable loss by eight wickets at the Adelaide Oval last Saturday.

According to Gambhir “They need to remember that they actually dominated the first two days, they were ahead in the game throughout the first two days,” said Gambhir while speaking on Star Sports Show Cricket Connected.

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“So there is a lot of onus on Ajinkya Rahane, plus Mohammad Shami will not be there. There will be a lot of onus on what combination they go with,” said Gautam Gambhir.

“They will be hurt about the one session - but again they need to remember that there are three Test matches and at the same time they won’t have their best player Virat Kohli with them; their captain,” he further added.