Team India and Australia will play a four-Test Border-Gavaskar series between Australia. The first Test of the series is to be played in Adelaide from December 17, which will be a day-night test. After the match, Team India captain Virat Kohli will return home on paternity leave. In such a situation, Ajinkya Rahane can lead the team in the remaining Test matches of the series. After Virat’s departure, some believe that Rahane will be under the pressure of the captaincy, but Gavaskar does not.
Gavaskar believes that under Rahane’s captaincy, Team India has won twice, so the pressure of captaincy will not come on him. Rahane is the vice-captain of the Test team. Gavaskar said on the star sports show ‘Game Plan’, ‘There will be no pressure on Rahane as he has captained the team twice and the team has won both times. Under Rahane’s captaincy, Team India won against Australia at Dharamsala. The team then went on to win against Afghanistan.
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The former captain said, ‘I don’t think he would have thought about how to handle the captaincy. He does as much as he does faithfully as a batsman. Rahane will be at the crease and will put pressure on the opposing team and play some good shots. Gavaskar praised the team’s batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, saying, “There are 20 days of play in four Tests and I would be happy if he batted for 15 days.” Even though he hasn’t played cricket for many days, I don’t think it makes any difference, because he is mentally strong and loves batting. Pujara loves to spend time at the crease. In the last two years, he has improved his stroke.
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Former Australian opener Matthew Head also shared his thoughts on Pujara on the show. He said, ‘Campaign Australia needs to focus on Pujara’s batting during his campaign as he plays better against Australia Australia. We are in the payroll where we are appreciated by the strike rate of the players. Pujara is one of the few players in Test cricket to have a good strike rate and probably even more than you.