Ajinkya Rahane is all set to take over the captaincy from Virat Kohli in the second test match in Melbourne. He will also be leading India in the third and the fourth test matches with Cheteshwar Pujara as his deputy. Meanwhile, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has pointed about Rahane’s style of captaincy heading into the Boxing-Day encounter. Rahane has led India in two Test matches previously and won both of them.
Talking about Ajinkya Rahane’s style of captaincy to Business Standard, Tendulkar said that he will bring a sense of calmness into the team. He further said that Pujara will also bring calmness to the team as his personality does but that does not mean that both Rahane and Pujara are not aggressive.
Ajinkya Rahane Will Bing A Sense Of Calmness: Sachin Tendulkar
“Ajinkya has led India earlier also, and his calmness doesn’t mean he is not aggressive. Each person has his way of showing aggression. Someone who doesn’t show aggression doesn’t mean he’s not aggressive. (Cheteshwar) Pujara, for example, is very calm and composed; his body language is into the game, focussed. But that doesn’t mean that Pujara is trying any less than anyone else,” Tendulkar said.
Sachin Tendulkar further said that each person has their own ways to react to different situations, however, as a team the goal is the same for all.
“Each person has his own way of reacting and responding to situations, but I can assure you everyone’s destination is one; they’ve different routes to get there — and that is how they can make India win. So, Ajinkya’s would be a different style, different strategies. That is up to the team management — how they plan, how the pitch plays, and what our batting and bowling line-ups would be” Tendulkar further said.
India head into the MCG test with an eye to draw level in the series and possibly avoid an unwanted record in their history of test cricket.