Ajinkya Rahane recently revealed why he did not cut the kangaroo cake on returning victorious from Australia. Rahane – who led the side to an emphatic series win – reckoned one should respect their opponent despite the result. Rahane revealed this during a conversation with commentator Harsha Bhogle.Also Read - Legends League Cricket 2022 LIVE Streaming: Squads, Schedule, Timings And All You Need to Know

“Kangaroo is their national animal. I don’t want to do that. You give your opposition respect, you treat them well even if you win or even if you create history. You have to have respect for your opponent and other countries. That is why I took the decision against cutting the cake with a kangaroo on it,” Rahane told Bhogle. Also Read - IPL 2022: Virender Sehwag Reacts on CSK Captain MS Dhoni's New Look in Latest Ad | WATCH VIDEO

Bhogle also asked him if was tired after the grueling and absorbing tour, to which Rahane said, “Yes, but in a good way.” Also Read - T20 World Cup 2022: India or Pakistan - Who Will Win? Shoaib Akhtar Makes BOLD Prediction

Rahane played a pivotal role in helping India win the series. Asked to lead after regular skipper Virat Kohli left for India after the Adelaide Test – where India was shot out for 36. In the second Test, Rahane led from the front and hit a brilliant century to help India win the Boxing Day Test and level the series.

His leadership skills throughout the series were lauded by experts and fans as he led a depleted unit to a historic win. What made the win special was that India was playing with an inexperienced side as most of their big players were injured.

India will soon take on England in a full-fledged series starting with the first Test on February 5.