Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has predicted that Ajinkya Rahane will replace Virat Kohli as the captain of Team India in Tests. Ajinkya Rahane is leading Team India in the Test against New Zealand. Because of giving rest to Virat Kohli, he has been given the responsibility once again. He said that India is playing the first Test after Rahul Dravid took over as the head coach. He said that both of them will do brilliantly. He said that in the coming times, Virat Kohli will be with Team India as a player.
He said on his YouTube channel, ‘Even if Virat Kohli comes in the Test team, he will play in the team only as a player. It is too early to say, but I think Ajinkya Rahane (as captain) will continue. But for that to happen, Rahane also has to score runs. It is very important.’ He further said, ‘There is a testing period for Rahane. There is no doubt that he has led the team well in Australia after a poor start. But since then the graph has gone down. This is a very important series for Rahane. The combination of Rahul Dravid and Rahane will be great.
Kaneria said that if Rahane does not score runs, his position within the team will be weakened. Suryakumar Yadav, Kohli, Rahul, Iyer are all in the middle order. Rahul Dravid knows and understands Test cricket very well. He scored 35 runs in the first innings in the Kanpur Test. Kyle Jamieson clean bowled him. India scored 258 for four on the first day of the Kanpur Test match. Shreyas Iyer is unbeaten on 75 and Ravindra Jadeja on 50. Apart from him, Shubman Gill scored fifty.