Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian cricketer who is fulfilling the responsibility of the skipper in the absence of Virat Kohli has certainly led from the front in the Boxing Day test match against Australia which is being played at Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the first innings, the Indian team got all out on the score of 326 and Ajinkya Rahane played a beautiful innings of 112 runs which included 12 boundaries. Rahane along with Ravindra Jadeja added 121 runs in partnership before getting run out for the first time in his test career.
However, what Ajinkya Rahane did after getting run out was something that made every cricket fan respect and applause him more. When Ravindra Jadeja was just one run away from his half-century, he played a defensive shot on the balling of Nathan Lyon. Jadeja made a call for run which was fulfilled by Rahane and he didn’t seem to be in much trouble as his bat was on the crease when the ball hit the stump but unfortunately Rahane was given out even after taking DRS.
This certainly left Jadeja upset as it was he who made the call but before leaving the ground, Rahane went to him and tapped him, gestured him that the Indian innings is not over yet and he should play some good cricket before coming back to the pavilion.
Jadeja got out at 57 and soon the Indian team was back in pavilion with 326 on the board.
The cricket lovers were quite impressed with Ajinkya Rahane’s sportsmanship and praised him whole-heartedly on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Here are some of the selected reactions:
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 28, 2020
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) December 27, 2020
— RAHUL AGRAWAL (@RAHUL2494) December 28, 2020
Such a great gesture by Ajinkya Rahane to fistbump Jadeja after the run out. Rahane knows how it feels, and hence he didn't want Jadeja to be down on his confidence after this. Great display of leadership from the Indian captain. #AUSvIND
— Beyond the Matches 🏏 (@beyondmatches) December 28, 2020
Rahane's sportsmanship is superb…even Jadeja got him out, encouraged him to continue without any burden. Great gesture!!#INDvAUS
— Ankur Kumar (@ankurkumar78) December 28, 2020
— Scoop Shot (@scoop_shot) December 28, 2020
Excellent Gesture by @ajinkyarahane88 to keep Jaddu motivated and letting him know that job not yet done..👍#BoxingDay #boxingday2020 #BoxingDayTest #AUSvIND #AUSvsIND #AUSvINDtest #INDvAUS #Australia #ausvsindonsony #Aus #India #IndianCricketTeam #AjinkyaRahane #RavindraJadeja pic.twitter.com/1r94OnH05W
— 🇮🇳🇮🇳 शुभम दोहरे 🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@Shubhamdohare9) December 28, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane‘s response towards teammate Ravendra Jadeja after being run out speaks volumes for his leadership … given the circumstances he played one of the finest innings by a visiting captain to AUS … outstanding knock 👏🏏 #AUSvIND
— Glenn Mitchell (@MitchellGlenn) December 28, 2020
Nice gesture from Rahane, he was encouraging Jadeja after the mistake which lead to the wicket through runout of the captain. pic.twitter.com/m9Fv0SP5QT
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 28, 2020
#AjinkyaRahane winning hearts Again n again..
1- Called Afghanistan players to pose with us
2- Allow to lead Siraj when back to the dressing room in this Test match (1st innings)
3- And now Such a great gesture by Rahane to fistbump Jadeja after this run out. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/MdHmpPSKsF
— 𝔻 α ρ ρ є ℝ (@vinee_says) December 28, 2020
Brilliant gesture by Rahane after getting runout. Tells Jadeja on the spot that Run-outs happen. It's OKAY. You carry on, so that he doesn't lose focus like he did in last game. #AjinkyaRahane #AUSvIND #Leadership
— Vaibhav Mukhija (@thecricketguy45) December 28, 2020
#AUSvIND @imjadeja And @ajinkyarahane88 have slight misjudgement on running causes Rahane's downfall ,jadeja was frustated with himself Rahane just came halfway down and dab on his chest probably the indication, just carry on.Such a character! Rahane 👏👏👏
— Ash (@Ashir71493889) December 28, 2020
Great gesture by Ajinkya Rahane .. even Jadeja got him run out, without losing his temper .. He keep motivated Jaddu and letting him build his innings without any burden..which defines him as a great leader…#BoxingDayTest #AUSvsIND pic.twitter.com/XiFK39Z4KU
— Shivam Rajput (@Im_shivam09) December 28, 2020
— ⚡AK⚡ (@ak10_amelia) December 28, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane earns praise for his class gesture towards Ravindra Jadeja after being given run out
The Indian captain's gesture of encouraging Ravindra Jadeja to carry on before walking towards the pavilion after being given run-out impressed commentators and fans alike. pic.twitter.com/yXddHbZbql
— Ajay Bagga (@Ajay_Bagga) December 28, 2020
As of now, the Aussies have lost their 6 wickets at the score of 133 and have taken the lead of 2 runs. It would be interesting to see what target the Australian team will give to the Indians and how the Indian batsmen will perform in the second innings.
Well, India has an upper hand at the moment but do you think that they will be able to win this test match?