India captain Ajinkya Rahane has a big MS Dhoni milestone in his sight ahead of the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground. If Rahane leads India to a win, he will equal Dhoni – who won his first four Tests as captain. This is a big incentive to draw motivation from the stand-in Indian skipper who led to side to a win in the Boxing Day Test.Also Read - India’s Predicted Playing XI For 2nd Test vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli Returns, Ajinkya Rahane Likely to be Dropped

Despite having not served as a full-time captain, Rahane has led India to win in three Tests when he was in charge of the side in Virat Kohli’s absence. Also Read - India Tour of South Africa: All You Need to Know About the World Class Bio-Secure Arrangements Assured by Cricket South Africa

The 32-year old won his first Test as captain versus Australia in 2017 before crushing Afghanistan in their historic maiden Test in 2018 in India. That was followed up by the recent Boxing Day Test victory at MCG. Also Read - 2nd Test: India A Restrict South Africa A to 233/7 on Day 1

Both the wins against Australia were by eight wickets.

Rahane has been in ominous form with the bat as he hit a timely hundred during the second Test at MCG. His ton helped India take the initiative and a first-innings lead in the match.

Rahane took over the captaincy after India was shot out for 36 in the first Test at Adelaide and then their premier batsman Kohli left – hence the win is even more special.

India takes on the hosts on January 7 at SCG in the third Test and it promises to be nothing short of a humdinger.