Veteran India off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin has made it clear that he was not disappointed on being overlooked for the vice-captaincy role during the Australia tour. After Virat Kohli returned home on paternity leave following India’s crushing defeat in Adelaide Test, Ajinkya Rahane took over the reins of the side.
Notably, Cheteshwar Pujara was made Rahane’s deputy for the Boxing Day Test against Australia. However, swashbuckling opener, Rohit Sharma took over this role in Sydney and Brisbane.
During his recent media interaction, when Ashwin was asked about his reaction after being ignored for the vice-captaincy role despite his experience in Test cricket, the 34-year-old spinner said both Pujara and Sharma along with Rahane backed him throughout the series and allowed him to set his own field.
“I am not disappointed at all. I go out there and make my own plans and get the fields that I want. The captains and vice-captains that I have played with have been very supportive of whatever I have wanted. Leadership is also about leading yourself and keeping your space upbeat for any situation that arises. If you can help your teammate that’s also leadership,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Talking about the different captaincy styles of Kohli and Rahane, Ashwin has asserted that even though their nature and personality are contrasting as individuals, they lead the side in a quite similar way.
“Virat is more expressive, communicative, and in your face, while Rahane doesn’t do these things. But the way they captain the side is pretty much similar.”