Melbourne: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell congratulated interim India captain Ajinkya Rahane and said he was brave, smart and calm. India won the second test match under captain Rahane and tied 1-1 in the four-game Test series.
The Boxing Day Test match victory was also important as India lost in the first Test Match and in the second Test Match, they landed without their captain and top batsman Virat Kohli. Rahane was the team captain twice before this test match and won both times.
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Chappell (Ian Chappell) wrote in his column on ESPNcricinfo: “ It is no surprise that Rahane led the team in the MCG. He was captain of Dharamshala in 2017. It can be said that this player was only born to lead the cricket team.
Chappell wrote: “ There are a lot of similarities between the 2017 Dharamsala game and the MCG game. Firstly, the game was between the two best competing teams and after that he contributed significantly to the lower order in the first innings and finally Rahane beat aggressively and led the team towards the total wins ”.
Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) had a brilliant century in the MCG’s opening innings and scored 27 steps in the second inning.
Chappell (Ian Chappell) wrote: “It’s part of Rahane’s success as a captain – he’s brave and smart. Besides two important qualities, there is a lot in his leadership ability. He stays calm when things start to get out of hand.
He said: “He has the respect of the teammates. This is the most important aspect of a good harbor master’s office and when necessary he has scored points.
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Chappell (Ian Chappell) said the Indian team knew that no one could make up for Virat Kohli’s absence, so extra effort would be needed.
He wrote: “Jaspreet Bumrah was playing brilliantly, as always, constantly attacking the drummers. Ravichandran Ashwin left his impact on Steve Smith with a new confidence gained in Australia. This boosted the confidence of the Indian team. Inspired by senior players, Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj have contributed significantly.