India head coach Ravi Shastri on Tuesday described stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane as a “shrewd” chief, whose calm manner is in sharp distinction to common skipper Virat Kohli’s “passionate” method.
Rahane has earned plaudits for not simply his match-winning hundred in the second Test towards Australia however for additionally displaying high-quality tactical acumen whereas dealing with the assets at his disposal.
“He is a very shrewd leader and a good reader of the game. I thought his calm composure out there helped the debutants as well as the bowlers. There was a calming influence out there inspite of losing Umesh,” Shastri mentioned after the eight-wicket triumph in the second Test that helped India draw stage in the four-match collection.
Shastri was additionally requested concerning the distinction in captaincy model of Rahane and Kohli, who is at present on paternity depart.
“See, each are good readers of the sport, Virat is very passionate, Ajinkya, however, is very calm and composed, and it’s their characters.
“Virat is more in your face while Ajinkya is quite prepared to sit back in a very calm and composed manner, but deep inside he knows what he wants,” he opined.
The former batsman declared Rahane’s hundred because the turning level of the second Test, calling his knock a show of “unbelievable concentration”.
A dogged 112 by Rahane helped India achieve an important 131-run lead in the primary innings. India then bundled out the hosts for 200 in their second essay after which chased the 70-run goal with ease
“The discipline, you know on such a big stage…When he (Rahane) went out to bat, we were 2 down for 60, and then to bat six hours, on probably the toughest day to bat, because it was overcast all day and he batted for six hours, unbelievable concentration,” he recalled.
“I thought that was the turning point. His innings was the turning point,” he added on the post-match digital press convention.
Rahane’s knock in the primary innings got here in 223 balls and he hit 12 fours throughout it. The third Test of the collection begins from January 7.