Since Virat Kohli left for India on paternity leave and ceded the captain’s post to Ajinkya Rahane, the replacement skipper has made sure not to disappoint fans and critics.
From winning the Boxing Day Test to the draw for a near-lost match in Sydney, Rahane’s tactical moves kept India playing the game for the Border – Gavaskar Trophy.
Rahane was particularly praised for sending goaltender-batter Rishabh Pant in order to maintain a left-right combination.
His move worked when Pant fired a searing 97, rekindling hopes for victory in India. After his wicket, Hanuma Vihari came to the crease and he with R Ashwin denied the victory to the Australians.
So speaking of the memorable draw, Rickey Pointing said Unreadable podcast that Rahane’s decision to send Pant above was a “masterstroke”.
“Very good proactive captain or coach to send Rishabh. In order for India to stay with any chance of winning they had to do that. He had a bit of luck with Paine taking him down several times,” said Ponting.
“It’s not all the crash and bang with him, there’s a lot of talent involved, and he’s a test match hitter to the point today where a lot of commentators were saying he can play as a batsman in the middle order and have Saha keep. “
Pant, with an elbow injury, started slow and was unbeaten on five of 34 balls. However, he quickly changed gears and hit three sixes on Nathan Lyon. He and Cheteshwar Pujara added 148 points for the fourth wicket. Although Pant missed a century on three points, his shot was important.
“It was a masterstroke to put him up there, but he still got to play that round, and he did it. He does it his way, he does it with a little boast and confidence. “, added Ponting.
“Tackling Lyon like he did, even with the players on the pitch, says he supports himself and his skills. I said at the start of the series that there was a chance for him to consolidate himself as the goalkeeper-batsman of India for the next 10 to 12 years. and heats like today will go a long way to help. “
As for the two teams, they will meet in Brisbane for the Gabba Test which will start from Friday. It will be the fourth and final test and will also be the deciding game as India and Australia are tied at 1-1 each.