India achieved a cushty 82-run lead after stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane slammed his 12th Check ton to place the guests in a commanding place on the MCG. On the second day of the Boxing Day conflict towards Australia, Rahane, main the aspect in Virat Kohli‘s absence, exhibited his textbook batting method to place India within the driver’s seat.
The 32-year-old additionally grew to become solely the second Indian skipper to attain a Check century on the MCG. Rahane is now additionally the second Indian participant to have scored a number of centuries on the venue, with Vinoo Mankad being the primary one. He remained unbeaten at stumps as India completed the day on 277/5, 82 runs forward of the hosts who have been bundled out for 195 within the first innings on Saturday.
Rahane was within the center on 104 whereas all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was with him on the crease on 40 as the 2 constructed a century stand for the sixth wicket. India have been lowered to 64/three however Rahane’s gutsy ton saved the touring celebration from a batting debacle. Rahane took 195 balls to attain his 12th Check ton laced with 11 boundaries; additionally making him the 10th Indian captain to attain a century in Check cricket historical past.
On the primary day of the Check, Rahane’s captaincy ways, area placements and choice to introduce Ravi Ashwin early into the assault have been additionally lauded by many former cricketers and followers. Following his spectacular batting present on the second day, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting was additionally in awe of Rahane.
“I believe he’s executed an important job to select up the items from Adelaide with this crew, lead rather well within the area yesterday and you’ll see he’s enjoying like a captain now as effectively.
He desires to play that captain’s knock; he desires to get 100 in Virat’s absence and do one of the best factor he can to attempt to drag his nation and his crew again into this collection,” Ponting instructed cricket.com.au.
With Rahane boasting a 100 per cent win ratio in Exams previous to the on-going MCG Check, comparisons between him and common skipper Kohli are inevitable. Ponting, nevertheless, feels that it is going to take ‘one thing particular’ to problem Kohil’s place because the captain of the aspect.
“Virat can be captain of India so long as he desires to, but when he thinks standing down goes to make him a fair higher participant, then that’s a scary factor for world cricket.
“I’m not doubting Kohli’s captaincy expertise or credentials in any respect, I’m simply saying it’s going to take one thing particular to select up the items and Rahane’s been in a position to try this thus far. I don’t suppose there’ll be stress from wherever else for Kohli to try this however let’s wait and see,” Ponting additional mentioned.