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Ajinkya Rahane says he is cool and calm, terms Virat Kohli as ‘aggressive’

Ajinkya Rahane, who became India’s 33rd Test captain in Dharamsala in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, has received accolades after captaining India to an eight-wicket win in the deciding match

ipl 2017 Updated: Mar 31, 2017 13:14 IST
Bhargab Sarmah
Bhargab Sarmah
New Delhi
Virat Kohli,Ajinkya Rahane,IPL 2017
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane hold Border Gavaskar Trophy after winning the series against Australia during the 4th day of last Test match at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday.(PTI)

Ajinkya Rahane is in high spirits after leading India to an eight-wicket win in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Dharamsala, in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. The win handed India a 2-1 series win, as they regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and consolidated their top spot in the ICC Test rankings.

Rahane, who became the country’s 33rd Test captain in Dharamsala, has received accolades from various quarters after captaining the team to victory. While Australia skipper Steve Smith lauded his calm demeanour, former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson suggested Rahane should remain India’s captain, in an apparent dig at Kohli.

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During Rising Pune Supergiant’s pre-season press conference here on Thursday, Rahane was asked for his take on the matter. The middle-order batsman said his style of captaincy was different from Kohli’s, but termed him a ‘great ambassador for the game’.

“It was a proud moment for me to lead my country (in Dharamsala), but I would like to say that Virat is a very good leader and his style is different. I am completely different,” he stated.

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Asked to elaborate on how his approach differed from Kohli’s,Rahane replied, “I am pretty much cool, calm, and that brings the best out of me. Virat is pretty aggressive and that brings the best out of him. Everyone has a different style, whether it’s a batsman, bowler or a captain.”

Australia and RPS skipper Steve Smith too had his say on the two India players.

“I think Ajinkya summed it up pretty well. They are different people and Ajinkya is certainly very calm, cool and collected, whereas Virat likes to show some emotions and is quite aggressive,” said Smith.

First Published: Mar 30, 2017 19:24 IST