Australia vs India 2nd Test: Team India’s pace spearhead, Ishant Sharma heaped praises on the stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane. Sharma says, Rahane is Bowler’s captain, and his cool and calm attitude on the field will help India in the remainder of the series.
The visitor’s regular skipper, Virat Kohli is allowed paternity leave and will not be part of the rest of the games in the Australian tour. However, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in Kohli’s absence.
Indian pacer, Ishant Sharma who missed the Australian tour due to a side strain, said Ajinkya has a good leadership quality and will surely lead the team in good ways.
“He’s very quiet and confident and I must say he’s a bowler’s captain,” Ishant told ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
“We have played together for a long time now, but whenever Virat is not around, he always makes sure his bowlers are comfortable. He regularly asks you when do you want to bowl? What kind of field do you want? If you want to bowl or not right now?“
He is Bowler’s Captain:
“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.”
Ajinkya Rahane has led his side to victories both the times when he got the test captaincy. Whether it is with Australia or with Afghanistan.
“Rahane is a super kind and calm person on the field. Anyone can judge his style and what kind of person he is in his captaincy. I can not say he does not possess a good sense of humor. He keeps joking around us whenever we needed that.”
Rahane makes the environment lighter with his calm behavior and composed temperament in the pressure situation. No player will feel any tensed moment with him, he is the one to communicate with bowlers very well.”
When things are not going our way, one person’s nature on the field can change the whole scene, Ishant Sharma on Virat Kohli.
“Virat Kohli is someone who brings very unique things to the table. When two batsmen are making a good partnership and the wicket is flat at that time one player’s energy level can change the game,” he said.
“The kind of energy Virat brings to the table … not everyone can match that.”
The second Test is scheduled to be held from Saturday followed by games in Sydney and Brisbane.