Australia's Steve Smith on Friday said that he thinks Ajinkya Rahane will do a good job as captain in the event of Virat Kohli being unable of taking the field at Dharamsala.
Praising Rahane, Smith said in a PTI report, “I think Ajinkya Rahane will probably step up to captain their side. I thought he did a pretty good job last week when he was out on the field in Virat's absence. So, I'm confident, he'll be able to do a good job for them."
Smith has played along with Rahane for Pune. Sharing his experience, he added, "He is probably a bit more chilled out, out on the field. Probably, not quite as emotional. But, no, look, I think he understands the game really well.
"I've been fortunate enough to play a fair bit of cricket with Ajinkya, and I think he reads the game and understands the game really well. So if Virat was to miss this Test match, then I'm sure the Indian side will still be in very good hands," Smith added.
The Aussie captain also had words of praise for Shreyas Iyer, called up as cover for Kohli's. "He is pretty aggressive and he probably hit the first ball he faced for a six if I remember correctly. The knock was on a pretty good wicket, where there was not much of pace on the wicket in Mumbai and we didn't play any of our frontline pacers. So he played really well there. It is just one game but he definitely looks like a good player for future,” Smith commented.
Smith is elated with the spirit the team has displayed in the series. "We've worked very hard, guys have been pretty clear in the way they've wanted to play and the game plans they've been able to formulate. For me, the most pleasing thing is we have been able to take it out in the middle,” he explained.
--By A Cricket Correspondent