Nowadays, it’s been a major concern over captaincy for Indian team whether it is limited over cricket or Test cricket. The concern question which is relying over team management is that in the absence of Virat Kohli, who should lead Indian team in the Border- Gavaskar Series? As Virat Kohli will play only one Test Series against Australia and he will miss the last three test series.
The skipper had announced his absence due to be at the birth of his first child so that’s why he will return to his home after the first Test series. The BCCI management had allowed him and granted him a paternity leave, so in the absence of the skipper, its Ajinkya Rahane will take the responsibility and will lead the team in the remaining three test series as he is the present Vice-Captain of Indian Test Team. Due to this decision, it has been a major topic of discussion that in the presence of Rohit sharma, Why he isn’t taking the responsibility?
To mentor this question Veteran Indian Spinner Harbhajan Singh has quoted his sense of views. He reckoned that Rahane should lead the Indian side in the absence of Kohli as he had much capability around the strategical plan to tackle the situation. From a long time he has been playing the role of vice-captain of team, so he might know the ways to defend the situation, that’s why he suggests Rahane over Rohit Sharma.
“[Captaincy] definitely a big challenge for Ajinkya Rahane because he hasn’t been captain for an entire series. Also, he’s pretty calm and composed, not so expressive. He’s very different than Virat Kohli”.
“So it will be a new experience for him. Start of a new innings for him. I give him my best wishes and I hope that he will take the team forward and score runs as well,” stated by Harbhajan Singh on Sports Tak.
“I hope he takes the team forward like Virat Kohli, leading from the front, also score runs. I would also like to remind Rahane that he doesn’t needs to change his style and personality, his game. Looking at a personality like Virat, Rahane might think that he has to adopt some of it to beat Australia. But I don’t think that’s necessary. All Rahane needs to do is be himself and make sure he gets the best out of his team,” Harbhajan added.
It is not the first time; Rahane is going to lead the team in Test series. He had led the team in two games so far and gave both wins in two games producing 100% track record. Coincidently, his first game as a captain was against Australia and guided India towards win in2017.
‘Absence of Virat Kohli will be felt’:
Harbhajan Singh also stated that it will be drastic impact over Indian team in the absence of their skipper Kohli. It is well to say that he is just a class in front of Australia in the format of Tests. He had brilliant records having incredible 1,274 Test runs in just 12 games with an average of 55.39 consisting of 3 fifties and 6 hundreds.
“I feel Kohli’s absence will be felt in both aspects [as a batsman and leader]. Firstly, the kind of record Kohli has with the bat in Australia are great, so much that every player would want to go to Australia and perform like him. So definitely India is going to miss Kohli in the batting unit,” Harbhajan stated.
“Then his experience as a captain, his aggression, leading from the front, that is Virat Kohli and he will remain the best. He puts his all while representing the side, be it fielding as well. His body language, intent towards winning the game is what India will miss most,” he quoted.
The Test series will begin from December 17th in Adelaide. Before the beginning of Tests, India will play three T20Is and three ODIs respectively. Kohli will only lead Indian Team in the limited over format in the Australian Series.