Indian cricket player Ajinkya Rahane won millions of hearts in Australia with his bold leadership and of course, for repeating history by clinching the Test series in Virat Kohli’s absence but he even after coming back to India he maintained his humility, something which was on show when he refused to cut a kangaroo cake.
Rahane was greeted with flowers, garlands and a kangaroo cake by the residents of his apartment building when he returned to Mumbai from Australia. While he accepted the flowers and garlands with great joy, Rahane refused to cut the cake out of respect for Australia’s national animal.
The incident went viral on social media with everybody praising Rahane for showing respect to the opposition even though he wasn’t in Australia anymore.
“Kangaroo is their (Australian) national animal and I don’t want to do that. You treat your opposition, you give them respect even if you win, even if you create history. That’s fine.
“You have to have that respect for the opponents and other countries. That’s why I took that decision not to cut that cake,” Rahane told cricket Harsha Bhogle in an interview.
Always wanted to ask @ajinkyarahane88 about the cake he was offered with a kangaroo on it and why he refused to cut it. The small things that tell you more about a person. More of this conversation on his FB page. pic.twitter.com/YZwwQKlFJq
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 30, 2021
Rahane’s astute leadership and calm demeanour was one of the highlights of India’s miraculous triumph but will be back to being Virat Kohli’s deputy for the England Test series next month.
“That phase is over and I am no longer the captain. I am focusing on the Test match against England now. Whatever happened, that’s history now, that’s gone. So let’s move on and focus on our next assignment,” Rahane said.
Rahane improved his captaincy record to 4 wins from 5 matches with 1 draw in Australia after India’s remarkable turnaround from the Adelaide defeat.