NEW DELHI, Nov. 20 (Reuters) – India Ajinkya Rahane has his own personality and it would be a mistake for him to try to copy Virat Kohli’s leadership style in the last three tests against Australia, said the former Harbhajan Singh test spinner.
Regular skipper Kohli, known for his lively leadership, will return home after the day-night opening test in Adelaide from December 17 to witness the birth of his first child.
The soft-spoken Rahane is expected to become captain of India for the remainder of the four-try series and the Mumbaikar should try to lead the way that comes naturally to him, Harbhajan said.
“He’s very calm and composed, not that expressive. He’s very different from Virat Kohli,” Harbhajan, who performed 103 tests and 236 one-dayers between 1998 and 2015, told Sport Tak digital channel.
“I would like to remind Rahane that he doesn’t need to change his game or his personality.
“Looking at a figure like Virat, Rahane might think he has to adopt part of it to beat Australia. But I don’t think that’s necessary.
“All Rahane has to do is be himself and make sure he gets the most out of his team.”
Under Kohli, India beat Australia 2-1 in 2018/19, becoming the first Asian team to triumph in a series of Down Under tests.
Harbhajan had no doubt India would miss Kohli, also their batting pillar.
“Virat has an incredible record in Australia, something every drummer craves. So India is definitely going to miss Kohli in the batting unit.
“Then his experience as a captain. His aggressiveness, leading from the front, is Virat Kohli.
“He’s always doing his best. His body language, his intention … He’ll miss India.”
The tour begins in Sydney on November 27 with the first of three one-day internationals, which will be followed by an equal number of Twenty20 matches.