Ajinkya Rahane, after leading India to a historic test series, Down Under, returned home to welcome a hero. Aside from his batting and inspiring captaincy, his gestures off the pitch, too, whether it’s offering an autographed jersey to Nathan Lyon or refusing to cut a kangaroo cake, made headlines and earned him a lot. praise. In an interview with cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, Rahane revealed that he decided not to cut that cake because “kangaroo is their national animal” and it is important to respect the opposition and their feelings regardless of whether you win or lose.
“Kangaroo is their national animal. I don’t want to do that. You respect your opposition, you treat them well even if you win or even if you make history,” Rahane Bhogle said in an interview on his Facebook page.
“You have to have that respect for your opponent, you have to have that respect for other countries. That’s why I made the decision not to cut the cake with a kangaroo on it,” he added.
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Rahane also spoke in the interview about the game plan Team India had started on the fifth day of the Gabba test, with 324 needed to win the game.
“Roles were perfectly clear … just supporting their own individual play. I remember when Pujara was hitting and I came in, I told him you just play the way you want, you play your normal game. I’m just going to attack. and play positive cricket. If I can do 30-40 quick runs here, we have a game in hand. Because I thought in my head that if we have to hit 140-160 runs in 38-40 overs, we have the game in our hands , ”Rahane explained.
Rahane and other Team India members are currently quarantined in Chennai ahead of the Test series against England. Virat Kohli will be back in the lead when the first test kicks off February 5 at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
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