India vs Australia: Ajinkya Rahane won't be under any real pressure once Virat Kohli leaves, says Sunil Gavaskar
Ajinkya Rahane, who is the vice-captain, is expected to lead the side for the remaining matches.
Former batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels Ajinkya Rahane won't be under any pressure to lead Team India in the last three Tests of the upcoming series against Australia once regular skipper Virat Kohli leaves after the Adelaide match.
Skipper Kohli will return to India after the first Test to be with his wife Anushka Sharma who is expecting their first child. Ajinkya Rahane, who is the vice-captain, is expected to lead the side for the remaining matches.
"There is no real pressure on Ajinkya Rahane because both the times that he has led the team, he has won. He led against Australia at Dharamshala and India won. He led against Afghanistan and India won," Gavaskar said while speaking on Star Sports show Game Plan.
"So, as far as his captaincy is concerned, there is going to be no pressure because he knows he is at the moment, only the stand-in captain for the three Test matches," he added.
Gavaskar also said that, Rahane won't be thinking too much about the captaincy and would focus on his batting and along with Cheteshwar Pujara, would lead the Indian batting against the Aussies. "...I don't think the fact about being a captain or carrying on as captain is going to be part of his thinking at all," said the 71-year-old.
"He will do the job as honestly as he plays his cricket, which means, as a batsman, he will go out there and try and let Pujara try and grind the opposition in and play few more shots maybe," he added.
India under captain Virat Kohli will start the first Test against Australia in Adelaide from December 17.
(With inputs from IANS)