Ajinkya Rahane Wants to be a Cocktail of His Captains | Video

Appointed India’s captain for the tour of Zimbabwe, Ajinkya Rahane talks about his plans for the tour.

Published01 Jul 2015, 10:25 AM IST
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Appointed India’s captain for the tour of Zimbabwe, Ajinkya Rahane says he would like to take Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s calmness and Virat Kohli’s controlled aggression and Rahul Dravid’s simplicity into the field when he wears the skipper’s hat in the upcoming limited-overs series.

Over the years, Rahane has played under various captains - Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

Asked what he would like to imbibe from them, Rahane said, “Firstly, playing under MS Dhoni I would observe how he would be calm on the field. He has a very peculiar and calm way of handling situations. I would like to take that quality from him. What I would like to take from Virat Kohli would be controlled aggression. You can see that quality in his batting and his captaincy.”

“And finally, Rahul bhai is someone who likes to keep things really simple on the field which I got to know while playing under him with the Rajasthan Royals.” The 27-year-old batsman, who had led the Mumbai U-19 side in the past, though has his own ideas as far as captaincy is concerned.

India’s MS Dhoni, left, runs down the wicket with teammate India’s Ajinkya Rahane while batting against Australia during the World Cup semifinal. (Photo: AP)
India’s MS Dhoni, left, runs down the wicket with teammate India’s Ajinkya Rahane while batting against Australia during the World Cup semifinal. (Photo: AP)

“I have my own set of ideas and I know what I have to do on the field. Obviously I have others to help me out as well and I wouldn’t mind running up to them for advices. But I would like to take calmness, controlled aggression and simplicity from the three captains that I just spoke about,” Rahane was quoted as saying by ‘bcci.tv’.

Talking about the tour, he said, “As a captain I believe it is always important to back your players and give them confidence. I want to lead by example and be positive at all times. It is a challenge to lead a side that doesn’t have the services of the seniors, but every international tour is challenging. We take every opposition seriously and Zimbabwe is no different.”

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