Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer, who has been left surprised by the team management, said that Ajinkya Rahane should have led the team in Johannesburg in Virat Kohli’s absence. Incidentally, KL Rahul led the side after Kohli was ruled out due to an upper back spasm.
Rahul looked a little mild as India lost their 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series, going down against South Africa by seven wickets. Speaking in the wake of it, Wasim Jaffer mentioned that India should have made Rahane the skipper keeping in mind the latter’s records as Test captain.
“I am surprised by the team management. When you have someone as good as Ajinkya Rahane available who has not lost any Test as a captain and won you a Test series in Australia, do you need to give the Test captaincy to KL Rahul?” Wasim Jaffer was quoted as saying to Insidesport.
“I have nothing against KL Rahul. He is young and has captained the Punjab Kings. People are thinking about him as a future captain. But I think Rahane should have led the side in Kohli’s absence,” he stated.
India missed Virat Kohli’s aggression at the Wanderers – Wasim Jaffer
Jaffer, who has earned a name for himself for his sharp analysis, asserted that India missed Virat Kohli’s aggression big time.
“India definitely missed Virat Kohli, the captain, because he brings so much aggression to the field. When you have such a player on the field, you know you will be held accountable if you make a mistake. So, they missed that energy,” Wasim Jaffer added.
Virat Kohli is expected to be fit and available for the final Test which is scheduled to commence on January 11 in Cape Town.