Rahane, who was praised for his captaincy acumen in Australia’s 195 all out on the initially working day on Saturday, remained not out on 104 to set India in the drivers’s seat.
“I feel he is accomplished a great work to decide up the pieces from Adelaide with this group, lead actually effectively in the industry yesterday and you can see he is playing like a captain now as properly,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au.
“He desires to perform that captain’s knock he desires to get a hundred in Virat’s (Kohli) absence and do the most effective matter he can to attempt and drag his country and his crew back again into this collection.”
Rahane’s century gave India a lead of 82 runs at the stop of next day’s participate in on Sunday with the people on 277 for 5. He was dropped by Steve Smith at next slip when on 73 and then by Travis Head from the remaining ball of the working day — all off Mitchell Starc‘s bowling.
Those reprieves aside, the suitable-hander was judicious with his stroke perform on a wicket that has assisted spin and seam bowling.
And though he struck 12 boundaries, it can be Rahane’s defence that stood out to Ponting.
“He’s virtually played a (Cheteshwar) Pujara-like innings. No thrills, he is hit pretty few boundaries but he’s just constantly backing his defence and trying to wear the Australian bowlers down,” Ponting reported.
“I think the Australians haven’t manufactured him cover generate sufficient. I consider they have been a minor little bit small and they have plugged that protect region.
“That nick that we noticed that went among Paine and Smith, I think that could have been protected with yet another slip in position and depart the address spot open.”
Though Rahane has impressed as the stand-in skipper, Ponting expects Kohli to return as captain after his paternity break.
“Virat will be captain of India as prolonged as he desires to, but if he thinks standing down is likely to make him an even far better player (to focus on his batting), then which is a frightening thing for environment cricket (for bowlers),” Ponting said.
“I’m not doubting Kohli’s captaincy expertise or credentials at all, I’m just stating it really is likely to just take some thing exclusive to decide up the pieces and Rahane’s been equipped to do that so considerably.
“I will not think there’ll be strain from anyplace else for Kohli to do that but let us wait around and see.”