“You give your opposition respect”: Rahane on not cutting the kangaroo-themed cake

Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in skipper during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the absence of Virat Kohli, got a grand welcome when he came back to the country after creating history at Gabba. India beats Australia by 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and broke the 32-years winning momentum of the Australia at Gabba under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane.

Rahane received the grand welcome upon his arrival and was offered a chance to cut a cake with a kangaroo on it. However, Rahane refused to do so, and recently in a chat with Harsha Bhogale, he revealed the reason behind the incident. 32-year old explained why he didn’t cut the kangaroo-themed cake.

“Kangaroo is their national animal I don’t want to do that. You give your opposition respect; you treat them well even if you win or even if you create history. You have to have respect for your opponent and other countries. That is why I took the decision against cutting the cake with a kangaroo on it.” Ajinkya Rahane told Harsha Bhogale.

Rahane led the side after the unbearable defeat at Adelaide and midway he lost most of his senior bowlers because of injuries. Still, he managed to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the help of an inexperienced bowling line-up. After the win, many argued that he should be the permanent skipper of the Indian Cricket Team in Tests. However, the player insisted that Virat Kohli is still the captain, and he was only filling in for the former in Australia.

“Nothing changes. Virat was and will be the captain of the Test team, and I am his deputy. When he was absent, it was my duty to lead the side and my responsibility to give my best for team India’s success.” Rahane said.

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