Cricket-India’s Rahane determined to be her own man after Kohli exit

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MELBOURNE, Dec.25 (Reuters) – Ajinkya Rahane has absorbed the farewell words of regular skipper Virat Kohli, but is determined to be his own man as he takes charge of India’s last three matches against Australia , the 32-year-old said on Friday.

Kohli returned home to witness the birth of his first child after tourists were beaten in three days when the day-night series opened in Adelaide.

Rahane’s composure stands in stark contrast to Kohli’s lively presence, but the mid-tier batsman was inspired by his experience leading India to a test victory over Australia in a 2017 test.

“Support your instinct as a captain, stay calm under pressure, support your own strength, your own methods … I really learned a lot during this test match,” Rahane said on the eve of the Boxing Day game on Saturday .

“It’s obviously a great opportunity, a responsibility too. I don’t want to put myself under pressure.”

In Kohli’s absence, Rahane faces an unenviable task against a dynamic Australian side looking to avenge their very first test series loss to India two years ago.

Rahane, who also led India to victory in Afghanistan’s first test in 2018, said his composure should not be confused with a lack of aggression.

“Personally, I stay calm and cool but my stick is generally aggressive. I support my instincts, it’s about playing as a team from tomorrow.”

When asked if Kohli has a leaving message for the team, Rahane said: “We had a team dinner in Adelaide, and he talked to all of us – to be positive, to just play on our strengths and to play as a unit. “

Compared to the Kohli harbor master’s office, Rahane’s leadership is more democratic and the Mumbai player has confirmed that he will not place himself halfway through and spoon feed his bowlers.

“I usually stand in a ravine, even as a captain, so you’ll see me standing at the ravine tomorrow,” he said with a smile.

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