Ajinkya Rahane planned his own sessions in 2020 amid pandemic, says Pravin Amre after India’s win in Melbourne

Ajinkya Rahane’s coach Pravin Amre has heaped praise on the batsman, who actively planned his own sessions ahead of India’s tour down under, for his diligence amid the pandemic. Amre, a former Indian Test cricketer, has credited Rahane for his captaincy and his match-winning 112 in Boxing Day Test.

“We don’t think about multiple tours at one time. We try to be in that one tour, (take) one tour at a time and try to give best in that basically. And that is what Ajinkya did,” Amre, himself a former India player, told PTI.

“This year (2020) especially we have to give credit to him (Rahane) because most of the time as coaches we plan the sessions and practise, but this particular, in this difficult time in COVID, he planned his own sessions, worked hard, basically harder than before, because he used to practise two sessions instead of one.”

“But those are the things. small things he worked (on), he visualised this is going to be my preparation for this tough of Australia. And any success can’t come just like (that), we know preparation is important,” said Amre.

Rahane, who is leading the Indian side in the Test series in absence of Virat Kohli, has received a lot of recognition for his captaincy in India’s 8-wicket win in the Boxing Day Test.

“That credit (of captaincy) is for Ajinkya only because as a coach we never work on things like captaincy, we work mainly on the batting side of the game. When the opportunity came to lead, it is all his credit. The handling of the situation wasn’t easy but credit goes to him because of his calm nature also. He is calm and composed and that is the reason he was successful as captain,” he added.

“The small-small changes (he did), backing youngsters, getting (Ravichandran) Ashwin in first hour and using (Jasprit) Bumrah brilliantly. Because this is Test match, we haven’t allowed their tail to wag and we made sure that Bumrah and (other) pace bowlers were fresh to bowl them and we never allowed to drag the match and rather never allowed them to get that partnership.”

After a crushing defeat at the hands of Australia in the 1st Test, Team India bounced back in the Boxing Day Test under Rahane’s leadership and the series is now level at 1-1.

“I personally rate (it) very high. Because it is like sometimes you play for yourself to survive in the team, this is like survival of Team India in Australia, because we wanted to win the pride, what we lost in the first Test.

“See winning and losing is the second thing, in cricket it is part of the game. But the way we played the second Test was so critical, because this series is alive because of that second Test, that is what we wanted as a cricket lover, cricket fan “we wanted to see India fighting there and we are extremely happy, not only (we fought) but produced the result where we beat Australia on Australian soil,” Amre added.

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