Ajinkya Rahane shared that a call from Sachin Tendulkar right before the final Test against Australia was a major source of inspiration to him. Rahane captained the Indian team to victory in the absence of injured Virat Kohli in the fourth and the final Test. India went on to win the series 2-1.

“It was a proud moment for me, but the mood was sombre in the dressing room because of Virat’s injury. He inspired all of us with his confidence and support despite the injury. As a captain, I knew I am a different person and everybody has his own style as captain.”

“On the ground, I knew I had seniors with me, but at the end, I had to take calls. Throughout the match, I wanted to follow my style. Before the match, I got a call from Sachin. He also asked me to follow my instinct. It inspired me,” Rahane told Cricbuzz.

Rahane exhibited a calm demeanour on the field which is completely different to Kohli’s style.

“There are different ways to show your aggression. For me, it has always shown through my actions. As a child, I practised karate. Showing aggression through my behaviour could have never worked for me as I was the smallest in my zone. The only way for me to show it was through my actions. I have carried that to cricket too,” Rahane added.