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India needed Ajinkya Rahane’s calmness after Adelaide debacle.

Ramiz Raja, the former Pakistan captain, lauded Ajinkya Rahane for guiding India to a historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia in the absence of captain Virat Kohli.

After India were demolished in the opening Test of the series in Adelaide, Rahane took over the reins from Kohli, who left Australia on paternity leave. The 32-year-old stepped up and led India to a victory in Melbourne, a draw in Sydney, and then a decisive win in Brisbane on January 19.

Raja lauded Kohli’s aggression along with Rahane’s calmness and also head-coach Ravi Shastri’s will to motivate players when the chips were down.


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