Former Australia captain Ian Chappell was not surprised to see Ajinkya Rahane captain India “flawlessly” to a series-levelling triumph against Australia in the Melbourne Test.

Rahane comes across as a born leader and is capable of being smart and brave, Chappell wrote in a column for ESPNcricinfo.

“It was no surprise that Ajinkya Rahane captained India flawlessly at the MCG. Anyone who saw him in charge in Dharamsala in 2017 would have recognised a man born to lead cricket teams,” Chappell wrote.

The Dharamsala contest Chappell referred to was the fourth Test of the four-match series, during Australia’s tour of India in 2017. India beat Australia by eight wickets to wrap up the series 2-1. Rahane remained not out on 38 in India’s run chase – just like at the MCG – after scoring 46 in the first innings.

“The moment that caught my attention in the Dharamsala match was the…

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