Since Virat Kohli left for India on paternity go away and handed the captaincy to Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in skipper has made positive to not disappoint the followers and critics.
From successful the Boxing Day Test to drawing an virtually dropping match at Sydney, Rahane‘s tactical strikes have made positive to maintain India operating within the recreation for the Border–Gavaskar Trophy.
Rahane was particularly appreciated for sending wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant up the order to take care of a left-right mixture.
His transfer labored as Pant fired a blistering 97, reviving hopes of an India win. After his wicket, Hanuma Vihari got here to the crease and he together with R Ashwin denied Aussies the victory.
So speaking about the memorable draw, Rickey Pointing informed Unplayable Podcast that Rahane’s determination to ship Pant above was a “masterstroke”.
“Very good proactive captaincy or coaching for sending Rishabh up. For India to stay in with a chance to win, they needed to do that. He had a little bit of luck with Paine putting him down a couple of times,” Ponting mentioned.
“It’s not all crash and bang with him, there may be lots of talent concerned, and he’s correct take a look at match batsman to the purpose right this moment the place lots of the commentators had been saying can he play as a batsman within the center order and have Saha preserve.”
Pant, with an elbow harm, began sluggish and was unbeaten on 5 off 34 balls. However, he quickly switched gears and smacked three sixes off Nathan Lyon. He and Cheteshwar Pujara added 148 runs for the fourth wicket. Though Pant missed out on a century by three runs, his knock was vital.
“It was a masterstroke to place him up there, however he nonetheless received to play that innings, and he did it. He does it in his personal method; he does it with a little bit of swagger and confidence,” Ponting added.
“Taking on Lyon like he did, even with fielders out says he backs himself and his skillset. I said at the start of the series that there is a chance for him to cement himself as India’s keeper-batsman for the next 10-12 years and innings like today will go a long way in helping that.”
As for the 2 sides, they may meet in Brisbane for the Gabba Test which can start from Friday. This would be the fourth and closing Test and also will be the decider recreation because the India and Australia are levelled at 1-1 every.