India’s head coach Ravi Shastri on Tuesday named Skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s 100th deputy as the turning point of the second Test against Australia, which India won by eight wickets, calling his knock a display of “incredible concentration”. A persistent 112 by Rahane helped India take a crucial 131-run lead in the first innings. India then bundled the hosts for 200 in their second essay, then chased the 70 run goal with ease to tie in the four-game streak.
When asked about the turning point of the game, Shastri said, “I think it was Ajinkya Rahane’s innings.”
Shastri said Rahane hit probably the toughest day when the conditions were cloudy. “The discipline, you know on such a big stage … When he (Rahane) went out to hit, we were down 2 to 60, then hit at 6, on probably the hardest day to hit, because It was cloudy all day and he hit for six hours, incredible concentration, ”the former batsman recalled.
“I thought that was the turning point. His innings were the turning point,” he added at the virtual press conference after the game. Rahane’s knock in the first innings came in 223 balls and he hit 12 fours in the process.
The third test of the series starts on January 7. Shastri was also asked about the difference in captaincy style between Rahane and regular skipper Virat Kohli, who is currently on paternity leave. Look, both are good readers of the game, Virat is very passionate, Ajinkya on the other hand is very calm and collected, and they are their characters.
“Virat is more in your face while Ajinkya is quite willing to sit back in a very calm and collected way, but deep down he knows what he wants,” he said.
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