Aus vs Ind 2nd Test MCG – Virat Kohli is ‘in your face’ and Ajinkya Rahane ‘composed’

England in India 2020-21 - Virat Kohli

R Ashwin points to the stand-in captain’s calming influence for giving the team stability at the MCG

A single tucked to the leg side, no raised bat or arms, no plucking of stumps, no removing the helmet, just casually walking off knocking fists with others. Looking at Ajinkya Rahane, it might seem he had won against Railways Canteen Staff XI in a weekend club game and not against the No. 1 Test side in their own backyard a week after getting rolled over for 36. And that calmness of the stand-in captain has come in for praise from coach Ravi Shastri and spin frontman R Ashwin, who played a key role in the attack in the absence of two first-choice players.

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