Star Australian opener David Warner believes that both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have contrasting styles of captaincy. With Kohli set to return to India after the first Test at Adelaide as he is expecting the birth of his first child, Rahane will likely captain the Men in Blue for the remainder of the Test series.
Warner is of the opinion that this would obviously be like chalk and cheese for the Indian team. This is because they have been aggressive and in the face of the opposition, inheriting the qualities of Kohli as a leader. But with Rahane as the skipper, he will be calm and measured in his approach.
“Look obviously with Virat missing, and well done to him to go home and be by his partner’s side with his first child. Look Jinxy (Ajinkya Rahane) is a great guy. He is calm, is very measured in his approach, and has got a very good cricket brain,” David Warner told ESPNCricinfo in a video.
“I think when you take Virat out of there, who is passionate, aggressive and he plays with that fight when you are out there and then Jinxy is calm, collective and measured. It is just like chalk and cheese with them too.”
The 34-year-old further stated that it will be difficult for Rahane to bring out the aggression of the Indian team that Kohli has been able to do so nicely over the years. But he also believes that there are 3-4 capable players in the Indian team who have the potential to captain the side in Kohli’s absence. Thus, he feels the Indian team will not feel the pinch of the absence of Kohli the captain.
“As a player to gauge that on the field and we are talking about engaging and getting into contest as players, you got to think about how to do that especially with him as captain.”
“The great thing from India’s perspective is that you have got three, if not four good players who can captain the team at any time, ” David Warner said.