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India lucky to have a stand-in captain like Ajinkya Rahane: Ian Chappell

Ajinkya Rahane captained India in his own way at the Dharamsala Test instead of trying to copy Virat Kohli, said former Australia captain Ian Chappell.

cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2017 13:00 IST
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Ajinkya Rahane,Virat Kohli,India national cricket team
India's Ajinkya Rahane, center, celebrates the dismissal of Australia's Matt Renshaw during the third day of their fourth test cricket match in Dharmsala, India, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)(AP)

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell said India are lucky to have a stand-in captain like Ajinkya Rahane, who led the side with his own aggressive way which was quite different from the leadership style of Virat Kohli.

Rahane led the hosts to a series win in Dharamsala in the absence of injured Kohli.

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“India are very very lucky to have a stand in captain like Rahane. I thought he did a fantastic job,” the former Australian captain told ESPNcricinfo.

”It is not easy to do the job of a fill in because you know the actual captain has a got a certain style. So (in that situation), you think ‘what do I do? Do I try to copy that style or do I just be myself’, and Rahane did the right thing. He captained in his own way,” said Chappell.

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Rahane performed the duties in his own quiet way, a contrast to the usually animated Kohli on the field.

”I would say Rahane is aggressive in his own quiet way. You know you don’t have to be a gung ho captain to have the whole team behind you. You just need to do a good job and have the guys have faith in what you are doing.

”And if you are making the right moves, the aggressive field placing moves that Rahane was making, that sort of ting brings the right behind the captain.

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”They (Kohli and Rahane) do it totally different. But I thought Rahane did a good job and had the team right behind him because of the way he captained,” added Chappell.

First Published: Mar 29, 2017 12:58 IST