Ajinkya Rahane scored a match-winning 112 to help India win the second Test match in Melbourne. The win as per Indian head coach Ravi Shastri is one of the most memorable wins in Indian cricket and Rahane’s knock as per Sunil Gavaskar was one of the most important ones in Indian cricket history. Meanwhile, Pravin Amre, Rahane’s coach in his initial years in cricket spoke about the reason behind Rahane’s success in the second Test.
Speaking to PTI, Pravin Amre spoke about Ajinkya Rahane’s meticulous preparations for the Australia Test series. He is the highest run-getter in the Test series so far with 181 runs from 2 matches averaging over 60. This includes a duck in the second innings in Adelaide when the Indian batting order collapsed to their lowest Test score.
“We don’t think about multiple tours at one time. We try to be in that one tour, (take) one tour at a time and try to give best in that basically. And that is what Ajinkya did,” Amre, himself a former India player, told PTI.
Amre further said that Rahane visualised what he was going to face in Australia. If reports are to be believed, Rahane started his preparations for the Australia tour while playing IPL for Delhi Capitals.
“This year (2020), especially, we have to give credit to him (Rahane) because most of the time as coaches we plan the sessions and practise; but this (time in) particular, in this difficult time of Covid, he planned his own sessions, worked hard, basically harder than before, because he used to practise two sessions instead of one” said Amre, who played in 11 Tests and 37 ODIs.
Pravin Amre Praises Ajinkya Rahane’s Captaincy
Apart from his batting, Rahane has won a lot of accolades from Amre for his captaincy in the second Test as well.
“That credit (of captaincy) is for Ajinkya only because as a coach we never work on things like captaincy, we work mainly on the batting side of the game. “When the opportunity came to lead, it is all his credit. Handling the situation wasn’t easy but credit goes to him because of his calm nature also. He is calm and composed and that is the reason he was successful as captain,” he said.