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Praveen Amre not surprised with Ajinkya Rahane's captaincy

Pravin Amre says Rahane has the right temperament to lead

By Rashmi Nanda -

Indian Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane’s childhood coach Praveen Amre said that he wasn't surprised by what he did on the field as he is very well aware of his temperament to lead, in the Dharamsala Test.

The Mumbaikar took the charge of Team Indian in the absence of Injured Virat Kohli and showed that he has the ability and temperament to lead Team India as the hosts won the final Test by 8 wickets as well Test series against the world’s second best Test team Australia under his captaincy at Dharamsala.

Delighted Amre told TOI, “I am not at all surprised. He has the right temperament to lead and I am happy for his success. He finished the game in grand style.”

He also observed that Rahane was not paying much attention to his fifty and hundred in the Dharamshala Test rather he was seen only bothered about the result of his team.

Former Indian cricketer further added, “He only bothers about his team's result and how well he can contribute to that win. And it is this quality that stands out even when he isn't leading a team. He is calm and composed and that has helped him to lead the team well.”

Amre heaped praise on Indian bowlers, who brilliantly ruined Australia's rhythm in the first session of the opening day in Dharamshala. 

He further said, “On an opening day, Australia were 131 for one at lunch and from there on the Indian bowlers did a brilliant job to restrict them to 300. In my opinion, Rahane backed his bowlers and set the right kind of example by fielding well in the slips. He could also help the team believe that they could win the game even after taking a slender lead.”

Rahane’s first coach concluded, “Even the way Rahane rotated the bowlers, especially the pacers, was something noteworthy. It hasn't happened that Australia came to India and beat the hosts in the very first match of the series. India needs to be credited for the way they played after the Pune defeat.”