What did Rahane say, so that country’s cricket is in turmoil with the two lines? Recently Rahane had an interview with an all-India media. In that interview, Rahane said, someone, has taken credit for the decisions he took as a captain on the dressing room and field during team India’s visit to Australia.
Why did Rahane suddenly open his mouth?
What is Rahane exactly talking and who is his target? If we look at that time, we can understand the target of Rahane. India won the test series under captain Rahane against Australia in 2020-21. He told about that series in that interview. But the success in that Test series has been described as another success of then captain Kohli’s era.
The first Test of that series was considered the biggest embarrassing defeat in the history of Indian cricket. In the Pink Ball Test in Adelaide, India got all out for only 36 runs in the second inning under Kohli’s captaincy. After that match, Kohli returned to the country on paternity leave.
Rahane as a captain
Ajinkya Rahane took charge of the captaincy. After that embarrassing defeat, new captain Rahane showed a new direction to the team. But it was not easy for the new captain. Several regular players of the test team got injured and left the dressing room one by one. Rahane’s fought on Australian soil with virtually a new set of players. Captain himself inspired everyone by scoring a century in the second Test in Melbourne.
By their performance, Shubhaman Gill, Rishabh Panth, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj wrote a new history by defeating one of the toughest opponents like Australia in their own country.
At the end of the series, the then coach Ravi Shastri was seen giving a speech to the players in the dressing room. And the captain Ajinkya Rahane standing next to him. He never took the credit for his achievement as captain. Even he never spoke a single word about that series. But the success of the Indian team in that series has always been credited as the success of Kohli as captain.
After the series the ability that Rahane displayed as a captain has been overshadowed by some of Kohli’s PR agents in Indian cricket. In a word, captain Rahane has not got credit for defeating Australia in their country. But Ravi Shastri always speaks that he is the architect of that success.
But everyone who knows very little about cricket knows that cricket is a game that depends on the captain. The role of the coach is limited. Especially, it’s the captain’s call to select the first eleven and when the team goes on the field. Once the match starts, the coach has nothing more to do. During the match, the captain takes all decisions himself. Rahane had pointed out that only. He said the decisions he took in the dressing room and on the field in that series, someone else is taking the credit.
The present situation
But why did Rahane go against his nature to say these words? When his performance is not going well. He has not played a good inning for a long time. His last innings was 112 in the second Test against Australia in Melbourne. Doubts are high over his place in the squad for the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka. Board president Sourav Ganguly advised him to play domestic cricket. Only if he can score runs there can he be seen in the Test team again. In such a situation, cricket fans are stunned to hear such talks of this star cricketer.
Many people think that the whole thing has been planned. If you take a look at the surrounding, it becomes clear. The entering thing is practically clear to those who know the relationship of the top officials of Indian cricket with the journalist who did the interview.
Rahane is a BCCI contracted cricketer. He can’t suddenly give an interview to anyone even if he wants to. He needs the permission of the board. Senior cricketers like him know well what to say if permission is granted. Many think that Rahane has said the words knowing the impact very well. At the same time, behind his words, there is full support of the highest officials of BCCI. Also, it is not surprising that Rahane has given the interview as per the instructions of the board officials.
Ganguly vs Shastri
But why did the board officials suddenly have to go for this plan? Present board president Sourav Ganguly has been under constant attack since Ravi Shastri resigned as the coach of the Indian team. Especially after the removal of Virat Kohli from the ODI captaincy, the attack has become excessive. There is no need to say anything new about the relationship between Ganguly and Shastri.
Rahane is a cricketer with a clean image and a reputation for speaking less. There is no controversy with his name. In Indian cricket, if he says something that gets a special significance.
So the board officials fired from a gun that Ravi Shastri would have to take some time to deal with. At the same time, Rahane’s interview was a great plan to stop some of the faces who worked as Virat Kohli‘s PR agents in Indian cricket.