India has scheduled to play 4 match test series against Australia where the hosts lead the series by 1-0. Where India loses the first test match against Australia by 8 wickets. Post the 1st Test match Indian skipper Virat Kohli left Australia to be with his wife for their first baby birth.
Brad Hodge Praises Rahane
In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane has given the power to lead India against Australia for the remaining test matches. Regarding this former Australia cricketer Brad Hodge claims that Rahane is ‘the mirror image’ of legendary batsman Rahul Dravid.
“He (Rahane) is very true, very loyal, very honest, a nice guy to spend some time around, and is very much and I don’t know whether this is coincidence or not the mirror image of Rahul Dravid,” Hodge was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald. “Both have got great qualities, they are happy to communicate with everyone, spend time with all different walks of life. He is well balanced, not ego-centric, and loves cricket.”
“Long before that, what I knew of him as he was a very gentle individual anyway. Just well-mannered, kind, well-spoken, just a nice person to spend time with. He has good credentials to skipper a team, for sure,” he added.
It was under Kohli that India won their first-ever Test series on Australian soil in 2018-19 and while his absence will be felt, Rahane isn’t someone who is new to captaincy.
In fact, he has led India twice before in Test cricket – in 2017 against Australia in Dharamshala and in 2018 against Afghanistan in Bangalore. He led them to victory on both occasions. The second Test will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26.