Ajinkya Rahane enjoys a cent p.c captaincy file within the longest format up to now.© AFP
India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane earned plaudits for main the staff by instance and guiding them to a memorable win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the Boxing Day Test against Australia. With this win, Rahane not solely levelled the four-match Test sequence but additionally maintained his cent p.c captaincy file within the longest format. In Virat Kohli’s absence, Rahane has led India thrice in Test cricket and emerged victorious on every event — twice towards Australia and as soon as towards Afghanistan. If Team India manages to win the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Rahane would equal MS Dhoni‘s file of successful first 4 Test matches as a skipper.
Rahane made his Test captaincy debut in 2017 towards Australia in Dharamshala and led facet to a snug eight-wicket victory. His second Test match as a captain was when India hosted Afghanistan in a historic match at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2018. Last month’s Boxing Day Test was Rahane’s third consecutive win as a captain.
Apart from the captaincy file, Rahane additionally has the chance to cross a number of different exceptional feats. Rahane, who scored a match-defining century within the final Test match, has the chance to finish 1,000 Test runs on the Australian soil. He at present has 797 runs Down Under and wishes 203 extra runs to realize the feat.
Rahane is amongst only a few Indian batsman who boast of a superior batting common in abroad circumstances (45.88) as in comparison with matches performed on the house soil (39.28). Out of 67 Tests, he has performed 40 matches away from residence, scoring 2,891 runs and is simply 109 runs shy of reaching 3,000 runs on overseas soil.
India have loved an honest quantity of success on Australian soil within the current previous however their file on the Sydney Cricket Ground will not be one thing to put in writing residence about.
The guests have participant 12 Test matches at this venue and their solely victory got here means again in 1978 when India had gained by an innings and two runs. However, the final two conferences in Sydney between the 2 sides led to a draw and each groups could be hoping to alter consequence of their favour.
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