Ajinkya Rahane is ready to take “a back seat” as the India captaincy reverts to Virat Kohli for the four-match series at home to England. Rahane skippered India in the final three Tests of their 2-1 series victory in Australia, steering his team to two wins and a draw while Kohli was back home on paternity leave.
“My job is really easy. It is to take a back seat and help Virat.” Rahane said. “There are too many things on a captain’s mind, so as a vice-captain you have to visualise a situation, think about what can happen in the game, and then if the captain asks you for suggestions then you should be ready. Whenever required I go and tell him, or whenever he asks me about certain things, I’ll just go and tell him. I generally take a back seat when I’m vice-captain.”
“What happened in Australia was really special but that is the past. We’re thinking of this series and taking it one game at a time,” he added. “We respect the England team, we’re not going to take them lightly. We’re not taking anything for granted. I don’t think we have to think too much about complacency. We know our strengths. We’re still respecting the England team, they did really well in Sri Lanka.”