Melbourne: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting praised Ajinkya Rahane’s century in the Boxing Day Test (India vs Australia Boxing Day Test). After suffering a severe defeat in Adelaide, Team India have completely beaten the Australian team in the second test so far.
After scoring Australia’s opening innings for 195 on a brilliant strategy on day one, the Indian team scored 277 for five after finishing the game on day two of Rahane’s 104 undisclosed. Took the advantage over.
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Ricky Ponting reckons that on the second day of Boxing Day testing, Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane did a great job of “restoring” the Indian team by playing a century.
Ponting told Cricket.com AU: “ After Adelaide’s disappointment (first test) they again did a great job managing the team. He led the team brilliantly at the time of commissioning yesterday and then you can see he played (batting) like a responsible captain.
He said, “He wants to play the captain’s heats. He wants to give the best of himself by scoring a century in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, so that his country can return to the series ”.
Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) hit 12 attractive fours in his innings, but Ponting praised his defensive play.
The former Australian veteran said: “He (Cheteshwar) played a round like Pujara.” He didn’t want to take any chances. He made fewer limits and relied on his defensive play to dampen the morale of Australian bowlers.
Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) has impressed with his skills as captain, but Ponting believes Kohli will take over the reins of the squad after his return from paternity leave.
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Ricky Ponting said: “Kohli will lead the team for as long as he wants, but if he decides to quit to become a better player (focus on the stick) then it will be for world cricket (bowlers) . ” It will be pretty scary.
He said: “I’m not questioning Kohli’s captain skills, but I’m trying to say that there must be something special about you to manage the team like Rahane did until present.