The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced the squad for the World Test Championship final (WTC) which will be played between India and Australia at The Oval, London from June 7.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri is happy that Rahane has made it to the WTC final squad.
“I’m so glad he’s made it to the side. He batted beautifully in these two-three games he’s played in the IPL, has looked in great touch. And let’s not forget the experience he has. The moment Shreyas Iyer was injured, you had to look in that direction,” Shastri told ESPNcricinfo on the Ravi & Raunak Show.
“People think he’s just played three IPL games and that’s why he’s in the side. They must have been on holiday for six months when he was playing first-class cricket. They must’ve been somewhere in the jungle where there’s no contact with anyone in the world. When you go six months into a holiday, you miss those 600 runs,” the 60-year-old added.
“Absolutely, it’s a one-off big game, like the Super Bowl, and you need your experienced player. Don’t forget just two-and-a-half years ago, the man won a Test series in Australia. He was the captain when Virat went [on paternity leave] and did a sterling job,” Shastri said on Rahane’s inclusion.