Rahane, who was praised for his captaincy acumen in Australia’s 195 all out on the first working day on Saturday, remained not out on 104 to put India in the drivers’s seat.
“I feel he is accomplished a good work to select up the items from Adelaide with this staff, lead really properly in the industry yesterday and you can see he’s taking part in like a captain now as very well,” Ponting instructed cricket.com.au.
“He wishes to play that captain’s knock he wants to get a hundred in Virat’s (Kohli) absence and do the greatest issue he can to check out and drag his place and his staff back again into this collection.”
Rahane’s century gave India a direct of 82 runs at the conclusion of second day’s play on Sunday with the guests on 277 for 5. He was dropped by Steve Smith at 2nd slip when on 73 and then by Travis Head from the last ball of the working day — all off Mitchell Starc‘s bowling.
Individuals reprieves apart, the correct-hander was considered with his stroke play on a wicket that has assisted spin and seam bowling.
And when he struck 12 boundaries, it is really Rahane’s defence that stood out to Ponting.
“He is virtually played a (Cheteshwar) Pujara-like innings. No thrills, he’s hit incredibly handful of boundaries but he’s just constantly backing his defence and seeking to have on the Australian bowlers down,” Ponting reported.
“I imagine the Australians haven’t produced him go over travel plenty of. I believe they have been a minimal bit short and they have plugged that protect location.
“That nick that we observed that went between Paine and Smith, I believe that could have been covered with an additional slip in place and depart the deal with space open.”
Even though Rahane has amazed as the stand-in skipper, Ponting expects Kohli to return as captain immediately after his paternity break.
“Virat will be captain of India as extended as he desires to, but if he thinks standing down is going to make him an even superior player (to aim on his batting), then which is a scary detail for environment cricket (for bowlers),” Ponting claimed.
“I am not doubting Kohli’s captaincy skills or qualifications at all, I’m just declaring it is really likely to get anything particular to choose up the items and Rahane’s been able to do that so much.
“I you should not consider there’ll be stress from everywhere else for Kohli to do that but let’s wait and see.”