Ajinkya Rahane’s big revelation on historic Australia Test series win
Ajinkya Rahane is a man of few words, and is a non-controversial cricketer. However, the Mumbai batsman seems to have created a controversy on Thursday (February 10) after stating that “someone else took credit” for the decisions he made during India’s historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia in 2020-21.
Rahane has been struggling to score runs in the longest format of the game and recently lost the Test vice-captaincy.
In Virat Kohli’s absence in Australia in 2020-21, he had led the side and the team made a remarkable turnaround in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
During that rubber, after the first Test in Adelaide, Kohli had flown back to India to be with his wife Anushka Sharma, who was expecting their first child. In that day/night game at the Adelaide Oval, India hit a new low of being bowled out for mere 36 runs, losing the contest by eight wickets.
In the following three Tests after the Adelaide debacle. India won the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne by eight wickets, where stand-in skipper Rahane made a century (112). Then, they drew the game in Sydney and the historic series win was sealed in Australia’s fortress – Gabba, Brisbane, under Rahane’s leadership. India chased down 328 in the fourth Test, thanks to Rishabh Pant’s magnificent 89 not out.
Now, opening about that landmark victory, the 33-year-old Rahane has revealed that he did not get the credit and it was not his nature to ask for it.
“I know what I’ve done there. I don’t need to tell anyone. That’s not my nature to go and take credit. Yes, there were some things that I took the decisions on the field or in the dressing room. But someone else took the credit for it,” Ajinkya Rahane told journalist Boria Mazumdar on an episode of ‘Backstage With Boria’.
“(What was) important for me was that we won the series (in Australia). That was a historical series and for me, that was really special,” the right-handed batsman added.
Further, Ajinkya Rahane said, “After that, the reactions from people or those who took credit. Or what said in the media, ‘I did this’ or ‘This was my decision’, or ‘This was my call’, it was for them to talk about.
“From my end, I knew what decisions I took on the field and what decisions I took on my instincts. Yes, we talked with the management too but I used to laugh about it. That is what I did on the field, I never talk much about myself or praise myself. But what I did there, I knew.”
During the interview, Rahane did not name any individual. However, when India triumphed Down Under in the absence of Kohli and some of the key players due to injuries. Head coach Ravi Shastri credited for the success.
Last year, Shastri’s tenure as India’s head coach ended and Rahul Dravid took over the reins.
In the final Test of the series in Brisbane, depleted India played with a young side. With their bowling attack having a combined tally of just 13 wickets. Tamil Nadu pacer T Natarajan and off-spinning all-rounder Washington Sundar were handed Test debuts at the Gabba. In the entire series, India were forced to use 20 players.