New Delhi: KL Rahul might have hit a brilliant unbeaten 51 to take India home on the fourth morning of the 4th Test at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, but it was stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten knock of 38 off just 27 balls that took everyone by surprise.
And that was his exact plan as he told Rahul that he would dominate the bowling no sooner he walked into the middle at the fall of Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket.
“The way Jinks came out and started hitting Cummins for sixes... He just came out and said I am going to dominate,” Rahul revealed to the host broadcasters at the end of the game.
A technically sound batsman, Rahane isn’t known to play quickfire knocks in Test matches. But he decided to change the perception on Tuesday morning as he hit four boundaries and two towering sixes to finish with a strike rate of 140.74.
It was a true captain’s knock after India had lost both opener Murali Vijay and run-machine Cheteshwar Pujara in a span of five balls.
India still needed 60 runs and with two wickets down, the Australians looked good to make a match out of it. But Rahane made sure that this game was headed only one way — a comprehensive win for the hosts.
His back to back sixes off pacer Pat Cummins will stay in the hearts of cricket fans in the country for a long time. While he pulled the first one over mid-wicket, the second one saw him move away from the stumps and thrash Cummins to the point boundary. There was no looking back after this.