Vaughan heaps praise on Mumbai lad Ajinkya Rahane; appreciates his technique
Sydney: Former England captain Michael Vaughan yesterday heaped praise on India's middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, appreciating the Mumbai lad's technique. At a promotional event organised by the International Cricket Council at George Street here, Vaughan called Rahane a batting technician.
"The Indian team has a wonderful array of batsmen, who have been there and done that. They have a couple of young players like Rahane. I think he is the best technician among Indian players. He plays quicks and spin as well as anybody," said Vaughan, who has played 82 Tests and 86 ODIs for England between 1999 and 2008.
'Can play all around'
Rahane scored an impressive 79 in India's second World Cup fixture against South Africa's Dale Steyn & Co at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last month, and Vaughan said that Rahane's batting simplicity particularly stands out.
"It (his batting is) is very simple… his alignment at the crease. He doesn't get that left-foot too far across and that's why he has got great balance on the back foot. He not only has options of playing both the cut shots and pull shots, but also has the option of going down the ground.
Ajinkya Rahane en route his 60-ball 79 against South Africa in Melbourne last month. Pic/AFP
When you have these options as a batsman, you make it difficult for the opposition to set fields, as you can't set fields for shots down the ground," added Vaughan, who became a national hero when he led England to the Ashes crown on September 12, 2005. He became the first England captain to achieve that feat since Mike Gatting in 1986-87.
Rahane scored a fine century (103) as India beat England in the second Test at Lord's last year and followed it up with two half tons (54 & 52 not out) in the third Test at Southampton. Vaughan hailed the 26-year-old's fine show on England shores and tipped him to be the player to watch in the future.
'He's a wonderful player'
"He (Rahane) showed in England last year that he can allow the ball to come to him. I think in the next four or five years, you'll be talking a lot about Rahane. A lot more than what we have heard even up until now as he is a wonderful player," added the 40-year-old Yorkshireman.