What’s the story?
India very soon will be seen playing the one-off Test against newly appointed Test nation, Afghanistan. And the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane has been roped in for the role of the skipper for his side.
In an interview when he was asked about his preparation for the same he said- “I’m looking forward to it. After the IPL, it’s almost like a start of a season, so there is so much to look forward to. Also, there have always been ample of processes to be put in place on the personal front, responsibilities to be carried out (as captain in the one-off game).”
In case you didn’t know…
It is the absence of skipper Virat Kohli which led the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane get this job. Kohli initially was supposed to be in England for his county stint with Surrey. Later on, he succumbed to an injury a few weeks ago, which ruled him out of action. Well, he would be returning for the series against England now.
And with Kohli missing out the test, Wriddhiman Saha was also set to miss the stint because of an injury. Resulting which Dinesh Karthik was roped in for the said replacement for Saha. Meanwhile, In place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav were given the nod.
In regards to all the important series against England coming up in a month’s time, Rahane talked about that as well in the interview. He said- “When you play overseas, it’s that attitude which matters, more than your skills. Skill-wise, most cricketers are more or less similar. What probably adds notches to a team’s overall performance is the intent with which you approach a game.”
India would be playing with Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from June 14-18 in their first-ever international Test after achieving the status of a Test playing nation a few months ago.