Rahane guided
In January 2021, Ajinkya Rahane guided India to a historic victory against Australia in the second Test series.


Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane played a key role in the team’s historic series victory over Australia.

Ajinkya Rahane stepped in under the most trying of circumstances to take charge.

Rahane took charge of the team as usual skipper Virat Kohli traveled out of Australia.

Ajinkya Rahane scored just 479 runs in 13 Tests last year, with an average of 20.82. He tallied two 50s and a few important 40s but lacked overall consistency. Because of his poor shot selection, the veteran batter lost his position as vice-captain in December.

Ajinkya Rahane, India’s stand-in captain for the 2020-21 Australia tour, says “someone else took the credit” for the decisions he made to revive the team after the nightmare 36 all out in the Adelaide Test. Rahane was a key figure in India’s epic turnaround during that series. Rahane was thrust into the role of captain when regular skipper Virat Kohli went out of Australia following the humbling defeat in the first ODI at Adelaide.

Rahane’s stunning hundred led India to an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was one of the greatest comebacks in Test history.

My actions there are clear to me.” Nobody needs to know. That’s not something I’m naturally inclined to do. Rahane admitted on an episode of ‘Backstage With Boria’ that he made some decisions on the field or in the locker room, but the credit went to someone else.

“Winning the series was essential to me. The fact that it was set in the past made it all the more memorable to me. It is possible that Rahane’s words were a subtle jab at former head coach Ravi Shastri, who was universally lauded for the team’s performance and who dominated media coverage for orchestrating their comeback after their dressing room resembled an intensive care unit for much of the previous season.

After those stunning triumphs, Shastri rose to the position of team spokesperson.

The cricket community praised Rahane’s leadership of the severely depleted team in one of the most challenging situations, not just at the MCG but for the duration of the four-match series.

At the MCG, India was without three of its best players due to injury, but they still won the series despite the setbacks.

It was up to them to talk about the reactions and statements made in the media, such as, “I did this,” “This was my decision,” or “This was my call,” after that, according to Rahane.

As far as I was concerned, I was aware of what I did and what I didn’t do during the game.”

When it came to talking to management, we did so in jest. On the field, I don’t talk much about myself or praise my own accomplishments. “However, I was aware of what I had done.” Even though he led India to a historic series win in Australia, Rahane went into a long-term slump after that.

At an average of 20.82 in 13 Tests last year, he scored 479 runs at an average of 20.00 per innings.

He tallied two 50s and a few important 40s but lacked overall consistency.

Because of his poor shot selection, the veteran batter lost his position as vice-captain in December.

He scored 136 runs in six innings in South Africa, with a batting average of 22.67.

That so, he seemed unfazed by the recent criticism that has followed his bad performance.

You know what? It doesn’t bother me. People who are knowledgeable in the sport will not engage in conversation in this manner. We may leave it at that for the time being. “What happened in Australia is known to everyone, including you,” he asserted.

Before and after Australia, I don’t want to talk about the contributions I made in red-ball cricket, but Australia was really. Those who know and love the sport will speak rationally, he said.

He has complete faith in his abilities and is certain that he will regain his feel for the game.

There are no doubts about my abilities, as seen by my recent success at the plate. Rahane believes he still has a lot of good cricket left in him.

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