IPL 2020 will be a challenging one according to Ajinkya Rahane of Delhi Capitals. Ajinkya Rahane, who has played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL said that like most of the Indian cricketers he too has spent the time away from cricket by focusing on his emotional balance and physical training during lock-downs imposed as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.
India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane feels IPL 2020 will be different from the previous seasons because of playing in a bio-secure environment in the UAE. He will play his first season with Delhi Capitals franchise. They will return to cricket since March after lock-downs were imposed for five months to stop spreading of the deadly virus from March to July.
Ajinkya Rahane Says IPL 2020 Is A Different Challenging Experience
Cricket was also affected and tours to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka were cancelled by BCCI and also T20I World Cup which was supposed to be held from October was also postponed. Cricket returned after March with West Indies and Pakistan touring England and the Caribbean Premier League taking place mostly in empty stadiums.
He also mentioned that cricketers will have to remain positive and take one step at a time while returning to cricket after such a long gap.
“This IPL will be a very different experience for all of us, and we need to make sure that we are all very positive when we hit the ground running. The key is to take one step at a time,” Rahane said after landing in Mumbai.
The Indian players of the Delhi Capitals team arrived in Mumbai on Thursday and they will be flying out for the United Arab Emirates on Sunday to participate in IPL 2020 that begins on September 19.
“There is no doubt that it will be a challenging trip for everyone involved. But like everyone else, I’ve spent these last few months focusing on my physical and mental health, and taking care of my family,” 32-year-old Indian vice-captain said.
“So the time I’ve managed to spend with them has put me in a positive frame of mind.” one of Capitals’ senior most players said.
Ajinkya Rahane plays primarily as a middle-order batsman in tests but opens in white-ball formats besides IPL. The 32-year-old vice-captain of tests had played his last ODI in 2018 and his last T20I in 2016.
He played for Rajasthan Royals from 2011 to 2015 and in 2018,2019 and Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017 when Rajasthan was banned for two years for corruption. He had previously played for Mumbai Indians as well in 2008 to 2010. He has played in 140 IPL matches where he scored 3820 runs averaging 32.93 with 2 tons besides his name.
Ajinkya Rahane Had His Sentiments Echoed By Prithvi Shaw
Fellow Mumbaikar and dashing opener Prithvi Shaw who also plays for Delhi Capitals has echoed his senior’s sentiments.
“We have spent the past 4-5 months dealing with this pandemic, so everyone is aware of all the do’s and don’ts. We all have been preparing mentally to live and play under such circumstances, and taking all necessary precautions for our safety and well-being,” Shaw was quoted as saying in a media release.
Speaking on how his team will be approaching the upcoming season, Shaw said, “ We know people have a lot of expectations from us, but our focus will be on making the most of the training sessions we get in the UAE, and re-creating that fantastic team environment which made us so successful last year. We also have the chance to gel with the new players and then set our sights on the IPL season.”
Prithvi Shaw represented Delhi Capitals franchise from 2018 and has not got many opportunities for India due to injuries playing in only 3 tests and 3 one-dayers since making his test debut in 2018 and one-day debut in 2020. He, however, is the youngest Indian to score a century on debut. Being 20 years of age, he still has a bright future and will definitely get more opportunities to perform.
IPL 2020 will see Delhi Capitals feature the likes of Jason Roy, Shimron Hetmyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant as the batsmen besides the duo. The bowlers’ list includes Keemo Paul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada.