Former Indian skipper Kris Srikkanth has pointed out the major difference between captaincy styles of Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli. Rahane is leading the team in the absence of Virat Kohli in the Boxing-Day Test. He had a good day as captain on Day 1 as he used his bowlers well and in turn, contained the Aussies for a mere 195 runs in the first innings.
Srikkanth said Rahane brings a calming influence to the team and uses his aggression very differently to how Kohli uses it. Rahane’s field placements and bowling changes along with the decision to give Ravichandran Ashwin the ball inside the first hour of play has been received well from all sections.
Speaking to ANI, Kris Srikkanth has pointed out the different style of the captaincy of both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
“The new leader Rahane has a proven record in Test matches, like how he led the Indian team in Dharamshala. He has a good record in Tests. As a personality also he has a calming influence on the players, he is not sort of the likes of Virat Kohli who expresses himself in an aggressive mood,” Srikkanth told ANI.
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The former cricketer further said that this Test match is a chance for Ajinkya Rahane to redeem himself as a captain and a player. Rahane has led India in two Test matches so far and won both of them with the last victory coming in Dharamshala.
“For me, it’s like trying to redeem himself, rediscover or extend his Test match career for Rahane because he is the one player who always looked at the challenges and has done well in those situations,” said Kris Srikkanth.
Kris Srikkanth also spoke on India’s Adelaide debacle where they were bowled out for 36, their lowest Test score ever. He said watching them get all out for that score was a ‘nightmare’. Virat Kohli & Co lost the match by eight wickets after Aussie bowlers ran a riot in the morning session of day 3 in Adelaide.
“As a cricketer and having played for India and having followed Indian cricket so closely, seeing the lowest score was a shocking thing and the whole cricketing world stood up and said it’s something not looking good from an Indian team perspective because 42 was the first time lowest score we made in 1975,” he said.