Team India is trailing the four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 0-1, as it faces Australia in the Boxing Day Test, in Melbourne, on Saturday. Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli is on paternity leave, while Ajinkya Rahane would take on captaincy reins.
Team India faces a tough challenge in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy defence, having lost the opening day-night Test in Adelaide. In contrast, it faces Australia in the Boxing Day Test, in Melbourne, from Saturday. Furthermore, they will have to do it without regular skipper Virat Kohli.
As Kohli flies back to India on paternity leave, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane takes over the reins. While many are optimistic of India's chances in the remaining Tests, some are also pessimistic, as Rahane might not possess the same aura as Kohli.
Meanwhile, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has revealed on the type of captain Rahane actually is. "He's very quiet and confident and I must say he's a bowler's captain," Ishant told ESPNCricinfo.
"Whenever we have played together and Virat has not been around on the field, he'd ask me 'What kind of field you want? When you want to bowl? If you want to go on (bowling)? He's a bowler's captain. He's not someone who'd say 'do this or do that ... He is very clear about what he wants from his team," he added.
"You can see what kind of person he is in his captaincy. He is very calm and composed. I can't say he does not have a sense of humour. He jokes around with us. Jinx (Rahane) spreads calm energy in a pressure situation. There won't be any tension, he'd communicate with the bowlers very well," he continued.
Ishant also spoke on Kohli missing out and how would his absence affect the team. "If there's a partnership growing and it's a flat phase when fielders are just going through their motions, one player's energy level can change the scenario. The kind of energy Virat brings to the table ... not everyone can match that," he concluded.
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Last Updated Dec 23, 2020, 6:52 PM IST