Ajinkya Rahane will be back to his duties as a vice-captain in the upcoming Test series. However, the bigger job will be to score important runs and help them win games in the process. Ahead of the Test series, Rahane said that he is happy to be Virat Kohli’s deputy who is his captain and the team’s as well. He will be back to batting at number five in the Test series with Virat Kohli coming back at his familiar number four position.
Ajinkya Rahane Set To Surpass MS Dhoni
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane is eyeing to surpass MS Dhoni’s tally of 4876 Test runs. Rahane, who has played 69 Tests so far, has scored 4471 runs. He needs 406 runs to surpass the former Indian skipper and become the 13th highest run-scorer for India in Test cricket. He has scored 12 tons and 22 half-centuries. The senior batsman has also captained the side in 5 Test matches having won four of them. He is yet to lose a Test match as captain. It was under him that India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2020/21.
Overall, the list is topped by Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 15921 runs at 53.78. He is followed by Rahul Dravid (13265), Sunil Gavaskar (10122), VVS Laxman (8781) and Virender Sehwag (8503). Virat Kohli, who has 7318 runs, sits at the sixth spot.
England will tour India between February 5 to March 28 for four Tests, five T20Is, and three ODIs. Chennai will host the first two Tests. The final two Tests will be played at the newly built stadium in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad will host the T20I series followed by Pune for the ODI series.