India’s deputy skipper, Ajinkya Rahane is of the opinion that becoming Virat Kohli’s deputy is easier for him with the captain around. While it was under Rahane that India managed to pull off a historic win in the Gabba Test last month and also won the Test series 2-1, the 32-year-old has no problem with transitioning from vice-captain to being Kohli’s deputy.
During a chat with the reporters on Wednesday, Ajinkya Rahane said, “See, my job is to take a backseat and try to help Virat. As a captain, too many things are there on a captain’s mind so as vice-captain, you will have to visualize the situation and think about what can happen in the game. And then, if the captain asks you for some suggestions you should be ready.”
He further added, “So my job is really easy [when Virat is around], I’ll take a backseat [in the England series] and whenever required I’ll go and tell him or whenever he asks me about certain things, I’ll just go and tell him. So, I think that helps us a lot. For me, personally, I can take a backseat whenever I’m the vice-captain.”
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India will be locking horns with the English team at home after an ecstatic triumph in Australia but according to the vice-captain, there’s no room for complacency as Team India is focussing on securing their spot in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship final against New Zealand, in June, at Lord’s.
Explaining the same, Ajinkya Rahane said, “Not at all. We know every series, every game, is really important. What happened in Australia was really special but that’s past. We are thinking about this series and taking one game at a time. What we learned from Australia after losing the test match in Adelaide and how we came back is — it’s all about staying in the moment. We respect England, they are a very good team. They did really well in Sri Lanka.”