India succumbed to their second consecutive defeat in World Test Championship final when they were battered by Australia at The Oval recently. The Pat Cummins-led side beat India by 209 runs to win the coveted WTC title. The Indian batters crumbled under pressure due to some disciplined bowling from Australia.
Ajinkya Rahane, however, stood tall in the face of adversity. In the first innings, he scored a fighting 89 that helped India avoid the follow-on. In the second innings, Rahane once again showed his mettle as he posted a sedate 46, giving India some hope of chasing a mammoth 444 down.
“The way he batted in both innings and absorbed the pressureâ€æ India were under pressure in both innings when he walked out to bat. India were chasing a big score in the first innings and it was the same story in the second innings. He has shown that he can absorb that pressure,” Jaffer told Sportskeeda.
“When Ajinkya Rahane plays attacking and positive cricket, he is a different player. I just hope he plays and he stays consistent from here on,” the 45-year-old added.