Someone else took credit: Ajinkya Rahane on Australia Test series win
- Ajinkya Rahane was a key figure during India’s historic series win in Australia in 2021
- Rahane took over as captain after the loss in Adelaide and lead the fightback in the Melbourne Test with a ton
- "I know what I've done there, that's not my nature to go and take credit," Rahane said
Ajinkya Rahane was a key figure during India’s historic series win in Australia in 2021. After Virat Kohli left for India following the humiliating loss in Adelaide – that saw India record its lowest-ever total in a Test innings, Rahane lead the fightback in the second test at Melbourne with a majestic hundred and made vital contributions throughout the series to lead India to a stunning comeback win.
However, the 32-year-old says “someone else took the credit” for decisions he made during the series. “I know what I've done there. I don't need to tell anyone. That's not my nature to go and take credit. Yes, there were some things that I took the decisions on the field or in the dressing room but someone else took the credit for it,” PTI quoted Rahane saying during an episode of ‘Backstage with Boria’.
“(What was) important for me was that we won the series. That was a historical series and for me, that was really special,” he added.
While Rahane did not mention anyone by name, his comments could well be aimed at then-head coach Ravi Shastri, who was lauded for picking up the team amid difficult circumstances and was widely acclaimed as the architect of the turnaround.
In fact, Shastri became the voice of the team after those brilliant victories.
Rahane earned plaudits from the cricket fraternity for the manner in which he led the heavily depleted team in one of the most difficult situations, not just at the MCG but through the remainder of the four-match series.
India missed a number of front-line players at MCG, and continued to lose key players through the series to injuries but still emerged triumphant.
“After that, the reactions from people or those who took credit or what was said on the media, 'I did this' or 'This was my decision', or 'This was my call', it was for them to talk about,” Rahane said.
“From my end, I knew what decisions I took on the field and what decisions I took on my instincts. I never talk much about myself or praise myself. But what I did there, I knew.”