Ajinkya Rahane, the 32-year-old Indian Test vice-captain, is very excited to experience the IPL 2020 where he will serve for his new team Delhi Capitals (DC).
As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is busy to schedule the delayed IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Indian players are now thinking to start their preparation for this tournament as they were inactive from the game since last March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ajinkya Rahane is excited to experience the IPL 2020 in Dubai. While he is preparing himself to maintain the fitness and mental condition, he didn’t do anything in the cricket skill-wise in the last three-four months.
Rahane recently told Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor, Sports, India Today, “I am really excited about this IPL happening in Dubai. I am really looking forward to it because last 3-4 months I actually didn’t do anything. I have been doing my fitness workout, Yoga, meditation and visualization. But cricket skill-wise I didn’t do anything.”
After playing the first three IPL editions for the Mumbai Indians (scoring 148 runs in 10 IPL matches), Rahane played an important role for the Rajasthan Royals between 2011 and 2019 (excluding 2016 and 2017, when he served for the Rising Pune Supergiant due to the suspension of Rajasthan Royals).
While he is the only player to appear 100+ matches for the Rajasthan Royals (106 matches), Rahane is the most run-scorer for this team as the right-handed batsman scored 3098 runs (average 35.60; strike-rate 122.30). Playing for the Rajasthan franchise, Rahane smashed two centuries and 21 half-centuries. He also led that franchise from 2018 to mid-season of 2019 as he captained of this franchise in 24 matches, where his team won nine matches and lost 15 games.
Ajinkya Rahane decided to serve for the Delhi Capitals to take his T20 game forward
During the last pre-auction transfer window, Rajasthan Royals traded Rahane out to the Delhi Capitals, where the Indian cricketer is excited to feature. While the Delhi franchise asked him for his interest to serve for them in the IPL 2020, Rahane took his time and then decided to serve for them due to having the coaching team like Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly. Though the present BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is not present in the latest Delhi Capitals’ support staff, he was an advisor of that side at that time.
Rahane claimed, “I am really excited to play for Delhi Capitals. I got an opportunity. Last year when I was playing for Hamphsire, Delhi Capitals asked me if I was interested in playing for them. I took my time and I thought it’s an opportunity for me to learn something new. To take my game forward, to take my T20 game forward.”
“I took my time and I thought it is the best opportunity for me to learn something new, to take my T20 game forward. Now obviously Dada is not there, but that time the focus was if I can play under Dada and Ricky Ponting as a coach I could have done many things.”
Rahane has praised the Delhi Capitals team as he believes that it has an excellent bunch of talented players with the match-winning ability.
He added, “As a cricketer that’s what you want, you have to learn many things, learn each and every day and take your game forward. As an individual I am really looking forward to play for DC. They have exciting talent, excellent bunch of players, everyone is a match-winner.”