- Ajinkya Rahane addressed a press conference on the eve of the 2nd Test against England
- Rahane was asked a question about Virat Kohli's captaincy following India's loss in the first Test
- Rahane backed his skipper saying he was and will be the skipper of the team
Team India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane addressed a press conference ahead of the 2nd Test match between India and England where he was asked several questions, one of them being about Virat Kohli's post-match comment after the 1st Test where Kohli expressed his disappointment about the body language of the players. Rahane was asked whether the change in captaincy after the Border-Gavaskar series had something to do with the body language of the players.
In his response, Rahane said that the body language of the players had nothing to do with Kohli returning as skipper and he will always remain his captain.
"It is not always possible to have the same sort of energy on the field. The lack of energy sometimes on the field in the first Test was not due to Virat Kohli returning as skipper. Virat Kohli is and will continue to be my captain. Kuch masala nahi milega yahan (You won’t get any controversy here),” Rahane said during a virtual presser.
After the end of the 1st Test, Kohli was asked about Rahane's form after the Mumbai batsman managed to score just 1 run in two innings of the Chennai Test. In his response, Kohli had said that Rahane was the most important Test player for Team India after Cheteshwar Pujara.
"Ajinkya Rahane is, I have said this many times in the past as well, along with Cheteshwar Pujara is our most important Test batsman and he is going to continue to be. We believe in his abilities, we have believed in his abilities for a long time now. He is an impact player.
"In the MCG Test, he stood up and scored a hundred for his team when we wanted it the most. You can look at the number of innings and what happens from there on, the reality of the situation is we won the series in Australia," Kohli told reporters on Tuesday.
Rahane was also asked a question about the form of another Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma - who managed to score just 18 runs in the Chennai Test. Backing the senior batsman, Rahane said that Rohit batted well in Australia and two bad innings doesn't make a batsman a bad player.
"Rohit is an important member of our team and it's not about scoring 100 or 150 but in Australia, he batted well and made those important contributions, 2 (poor) innings don't make anyone a bad player.