There is no real pressure of Test captaincy on Ajinkya Rahane: Sunil Gavaskar

There is no real pressure of Test captaincy on Ajinkya Rahane: Sunil Gavaskar

Ajinkya Rahane to don skipper's hat in last three matches of the Test series.

Sunil Gavaskar and Ajinkya Rahane
Sunil Gavaskar and Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

India and Australia would be up against each other in the upcoming four-match Test series. The series opener Pink ball Test would take place on December 17 in Adelaide, where the Indian side would be led by Virat Kohli. However, the ace batsman and skipper Kohli would set foot for India after the 1st Test to witness the birth of his first baby in January. India’s Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane would be donning the skipper’s hat in his absence.

In the same light of events, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has stated that Rahane has no pressure of captaincy. He is at the moment, and he can do his job perfectly in Kohli’s absence. He has already led the team on two occasions, and India won the game both times. He just has to accompany Cheteshwar Pujara well and play his best game, reckons Gavaskar.

Ajinkya Rahane will do the job as honestly as he plays his cricket: Gavaskar

“There is no real pressure on Ajinkya Rahane because both the times that he has led the team, he has won. He led against Australia at Dharamshala, and India won. He led against Afghanistan, and India won. So, as far as his captaincy is concerned, there is going to be no pressure because he knows he is at the moment, only the stand-in captain for the 3 Test matches. So, I don’t think the fact about being a captain or carrying on as captain is going to be part of his thinking at all. He will do the job as honestly as he plays his cricket, which means, as a batsman, he will go out there and try and let Pujara try and grind the opposition in and play few more shots maybe,” said Gavaskar on Star Sports show GAME PLAN.

Gavaskar also added that he is looking forward and much excited to see Pujara bat. He just loves being on the crease and wearing bowlers down. Despite not having played cricket for long, he still can manage to play the best and has developed some great range of shots in the last two years, said the former great.