AUS vs IND: Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell thinks Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy is “fabulous”

Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane will be captaining the Indian team for 3 test matches when India play Australia for the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Rahane will take over from current Test captain Virat Kohli, who will be taking a paternal leave after the 1st test. Indian fans have been quite intrigued to know how Rahane will approach the Aussies, considering the aggressive method Virat Kohli has adapted.

Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell praised Rahane’s captaincy and also cited an example where Rahane’s captaincy impressed him.


Chappell said, “Well, I saw him captain in one Test against Australia (in Dharamsala in March 2017) and found his captaincy to be fabulous. He was really an aggressive captain. I remember a couple of aspects of his captaincy. What stood out for me was in the Australian first innings, Warner was going well and getting on top of Indian bowlers. He brought in Kuldeep Yadav (debutant) and he dismissed Warner.”

“The second thing I remember was India chasing a low total and they lost a couple of wickets. Rahane just came in and attacked the Australian bowlers and scored some 20 odd (38 off 27 balls). I liked that approach,” added Chappell.

“Look, as a captain, you always have two choices — one is the aggressive route and the other is a conservative approach. I have believed that in Test cricket aggressive approach is a must and Rahane is aggressive.”

The 1st test match between India and Australia at Adelaide is set to be a day and night Test match, starting December 17.