Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell feels that the Indian team is lucky to have a stand-in skipper like Ajinkya Rahane, who led the hosts to a win in the series decider Test in Dharamsala in the absence of injured Virat Kohli.
During a chat with ESPNcricinfo, Chappell said, “India are very lucky to have a stand-in captain like Rahane. I thought he did a fantastic job. It is not easy to do the job of a fill in because you know the actual captain has a got a certain style. So (in that situation), you think ‘what do I do? Do I try to copy that style or do I just be myself’, and Rahane did the right thing. He captained in his own way.”
Rahane as a captain is completely contrasted to the usually animated Kohli on the field. Chappell said, “I would say Rahane is aggressive in his own quiet way. You know you don’t have to be a gung-ho captain to have the whole team behind you. You just need to do a good job and have the guys have faith in what you are doing.”
He also added, “And if you are making the right moves, the aggressive field placing moves that Rahane was making, that sort of ting brings the right behind the captain.”
Comparing Kohli and Rahane, Ian concluded, “They (Kohli and Rahane) do it totally different. But I thought Rahane did a good job and had the team right behind him because of the way he captained.”