Ajinkya Rahane has been giving his best in the nets and shared a video of him practicing his strokes under the watchful eyes of Delhi Capitals head catch Ricky Ponting. The Australian coach can be seen giving instructions from time to time.
Delhi Capitals have a settled batting line-up in IPL 2020 with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant leading the charge for them. So, when they added the experienced Ajinkya Rahane to the batting line-up in a pre-season trade, many wondered about the batting position of the former Rajasthan Royals opener.
Ajinkya Rahane Open To Batting In Middle Order
Ajinkya Rahane’s best performances in the IPL have come at the top of the order. During an interaction with the media a few days back, he said that he was open to playing in the middle order or any other position the team wants him to. It is this adaptability and reservoir of experience which might help him to establish himself in his new team.
The right-handed batsman is not a stranger to batting in the middle order as he has previously done so for the Indian team in the past. His ability to build the innings might come in handy in the UAE, where the wickets are expected to slow down due to the lack of bounce in many venues.
Ajinkya Rahane Sweating Out Under Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting
The batsman has been sweating it out in the nets and shared a video of him practicing his strokes under the watchful eyes of Delhi Capitals head catch Ricky Ponting as the Australian can be seen giving instructions from time to time.
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) September 10, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane and the other team members at Delhi Capitals can learn a lot from the Australian, who has already won the IPL as a coach with Mumbai Indians and guided the franchise to the playoffs last season in 2019.
Delhi Capitals start their campaign with a match against Kings XI Punjab on September 20. He has played 140 matches where he amassed 3820 runs averaging a decent 32.93 with 2 centuries besides his name. Last season he scored 393 runs in 14 matches but shifted his base from Rajasthan Royals to Delhi Capitals in 2020. Ajinkya Rahane has featured in 90 ODIs and 65 Tests where he averages 35.26 and 42.88 respectively while also appearing in 20 T20Is where he averages only 20.83.