On the second day of the second Test between India and Australia, Ajinkya Rahane stood between the Australian bowlers and redemption. The stand-in captain for the team put up a great show with the bat and scored his 12th century in Test cricket to give India the edge in this particular match. Ajinkya Rahane was also well supported by Ravindra Jadeja who scored 40 runs during the day.
At Stumps of Day 2, both Rahane and Jadeja were unbeaten and seem up for the task. Rahane’s brilliant knock had Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath applauding his efforts. McGrath was of the opinion that captaincy brings the best out of Rahane and taps into his aggressive side well.
“Rahane has looked good. He is enjoying being captain, I think. Rahane, the way he has batted today, he has just looked solid. He is focused even more than he was in Adelaide. I guess being captain, it just helps you do that,” said McGrath at end of the second day on the Sony Six show.
India were at 64 for 3 at one point and seemed to be heading for another disaster again before Rahane stood up. He stitched a 42-run stand with Hanuma Vihari. Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar also hailed Rahane’s innings, calling it a ‘marathon innings’.
“Very determined. Again, the bowling has been really good. They perhaps had a little bit of luck, which they didn’t have at all in Adelaide. Rahane, in those two partnerships, with Vihari and Pant has put India in a really good position. But still, a lot of work to be done,” Agarkar stated
“The bowling has been good as well; you have to respect that too. The bowling has been relentless, and you have got to work hard. Maybe being captain, that added responsibility, sometimes people just thrive under it, and he seems to be one of them. He has been very determined, almost a Pujara role,” he added.