The mistake by Anil Chaudhary meant that Rahane got a life, and England lost a review.
The skipper also defended the decision to play rookie left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem instead of a more experienced Kuldeep Yadav after India were outplayed by England in the opening Test.
Does the widespread appreciation for the undemonstrative manner in which Rahane led the team Down Under signal a greater comfort among the followers of the game than the aggressive “in your face” style favoured by Kohli?
"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 commentator Harsha Bhogle.
The stand-in captain, along with coach Ravi Shastri and some other members of the team, returned to the country on Thursday after India's epic triumph in Australia.
Rahane has led the side with aplomb, making best use of the sparse resources at his command.
Having finally bowled India out for 336, Australia finished day three on 21 for no loss, an overall lead of 54 in the series decider.
Australian captain Tim Paine said the reports at the weekend that India might refuse to play at the Gabba had started to annoy some of his players and could result in a backlash when the third Test starts at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Rahane's bold captaincy stood out from day one itself when he pressed in Ashwin in the 11th over with the ball still new.
Regular captain Virat Kohli led the tributes to India on Tuesday after the side picked themselves up from their Adelaide mauling to deliver an eight-wicket victory against Australia in the second Test.