Ajinkya Rahane has been appointed India’s Test vice-captain against West Indies © Getty Images

If Murali Vijay is the ‘monk’ in the Indian cricket team, Ajinkya Rahane is no different. A quite, composed man with unprecedented talent, Rahane is no less than a pillar in the Indian cricket team. The new set-up in the Indian cricket board as well as the team management look determined to change the way the Indian Test team is perceived, and Rahane carries a massive responsibility in order to help them achieve that. And perhaps this is why, he has been marked out as the vice-captain to Virat Kohli, while the Indian cricket team enjoys a short break before their tour of the West Indies in July-August. ALSO READ: Ajinkya Rahane: I love facing challenges and responsibilities

Rahane has been an unstoppable force in Test cricket for India. He might not have aggressive slogs in his repertoire, but the solidness that is there in his mind and batting is something that Team India seeks from their batsmen in the Test side. And it is certainly not an exaggeration to say that when trouble is hovering over the Indian cricket team, Rahane is the man they should look up to first.

In hindsight, it will be grossly unfair to compare the current crop of Indian batsmen, who all come from different backgrounds and setups that have shaped them into what they are today. The ‘khadoos’ Mumbai batsmen in Rahane and Rohit Sharma are a lot different from the indomitable Virat Kohli, who keeps touching greater heights which not many people imagine. And then, there is Cheteshwar Pujara, the man who is leaving no stone unturned to make his place permanent in the Indian Test side. ALSO READ: Ajinkya Rahane’s ascension as India vice-captain for West Indies tour signals shift in leadership prerequisites

But Rahane has his fair share of distinguishing factors which others may not have. To start with, he is your good old grinder type of player that every Test team desires, especially when modern day batsmen are increasingly drifting away from the art of spending hours at the crease. Rahane is not the one who often goes for his shots – he has endless patience, determination, application and discipline that help him get centuries in England, New Zealand and even Australia – while others struggle to even get fifties.

So what if he has not bowled in any of the formats he plays, Rahane chips in the fielding department. In only 22 Tests so far, he has set the world record of most catches in a Test innings, 8 in a match. He has been a terrific slip-fielder to dangerous spinners such as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as the ‘c Rahane b Ashwin’ scorecard entry is one of the most fascinating things to look forward to.

Rahane’s elevation as the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team is something that can be taken as the reward for the consistency the right-hander has shown in Test cricket. There are others in the race but Rahane has been awarded the post for a ver. He has been one of the most consistent performer overseas – an exclusive quality that the compelling reason what Indian selectors have been looking for – in the rich pool of talent they posses. But as it is said, talent is one thing and deliverability is another, and Rahane ticks all boxes right.

How much Rahane contributes as one of the leaders in the camp is something that remains to be seen, but with his fortitude and determination, he can help India chalk out victories home and away. Away from the razzmatazz of international cricket, India have a man who is rock-solid, not easily tameable and someone who is a silent match-winner.

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)