Ajinkya Rahane said on Friday that he apologized to Virat Kohli after his horrible confusion with him led to the India captain’s groundbreaking run in the first test against Australia in Adelaide. Kohli looked solid for the comedic outcome for 74 on opening day at Adelaide Oval. Realizing there was no run in it, Rahane decided to send Kohli back, but it was too late then. What followed in the second innings was an inexplicable batter collapse, crumbling the visitors to their lowest Test score of 36/9.
“After playing the day I went to say sorry to him (Kohli), but he was okay, he was okay,” said Rahane on the eve of the second test in Melbourne.
“We both understood that the situation we were in was going well at the time, but things like that happen in cricket, you have to respect that and you have to move on.”
Stand-in skipper Rahane admitted that the run-out gave Australia the momentum as they recorded an eight-wicket victory in two and a half days.
“It was a very difficult one, it was clear that we were doing really well at the time, our partnership was good, and I could really see that momentum moving towards Australia,” said Rahane.
Kohli, who has now returned to India for the birth of his first child, had backed Rahane to lead from the front in his absence from the remainder of the four-match series.
“I’ve also said this before that I feel like this is his (Rahane’s) time to really take it a step further and perform strongly as an individual and then as a captain,” Kohli had said.
“I think he will do a great job when I go back home so we are completely on the same page and the vision just remains to put in good performances and make sure we compete in every game and the idea is to win the series. “
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