Ind vs Aus 4th Test at Dharamsala : Australia’s Steve Smith has come out in support of Ajinkya Rahane, who took over as stand-in captain when Virat Kohli left the field due to a shoulder injury in the Ranchi Test match for the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2017.
In praise of Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith told PTI, “I think Ajinkya Rahane will probably step up to captain their side. I thought he did a pretty good job last week when he was out on the field in Virat’s absence. So, I’m confident, he’ll be able to do a good job for them.”
Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane have played together for Rising Pune Supergiants. About it, he added, “He is probably a bit more chilled out, out on the field. Probably, not quite as emotional. But, no, look, I think he understands the game really well.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play a fair bit of cricket with Ajinkya, and I think he reads the game and understands the game really well. So if Virat was to miss this Test match, then I’m sure the Indian side will still be in very good hands,” Steven Smith went on to say.
The Aussie skipper also had words of praise for Shreyas Iyer, called up as cover for Virat Kohli. “He is pretty aggressive and he probably hit the first ball he faced for a six if I remember correctly. The knock was on a pretty good wicket, where there was not much of pace on the wicket in Mumbai and we didn’t play any of our frontline pacers. So he played really well there. It is just one game but he definitely looks like a good player for future,” Steven Smith commented.
Steven Smith is pleased with the team spirit Aussies have shown in the series. “We’ve worked very hard, guys have been pretty clear in the way they’ve wanted to play and the game plans they’ve been able to formulate. For me, the most pleasing thing is we have been able to take it out in the middle,” he explained.