Ajinkya Rahane, Indian Test vice-captain, feels that the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League [IPL] will be different from the other seasons because of the fact that it will be played in the bio-secure environment of the United Arab Emirates.
The 13th edition of the IPL will kickstart in the bio-secure bubble of the UAE from September 19. The tournament will have ten double-headers and the final will take place on November 10.
Rahane, who has earlier represented Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, and Rising Pune Supergiant, will be making his debut for the Delhi Capitals this season. The Indian Test vice-captain called for the players to remain positive and take one step at a time, considering they are coming off after a long hiatus.
”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,” Ajinkya Rahane was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
‘It will be a challenging trip for everyone involved’- Ajinkya Rahane
The Indian contingent of the Delhi Capitals arrived in Mumbai on Thursday and it will leave for the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
Rahane admitted that the upcoming season would be challenging for everyone, considering the number of measures and other things that all players will have to adhere to besides the on-field play. But he added that he has been working on his mental health during the extended Covid-19 enforced break.
”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,” Ajinkya Rahane said.
“So the time I’ve managed to spend with them has put me in a positive frame of mind,” he added.
Rahane’s teammate Prithvi Shaw also echoed his senior partner’s words when he said-
”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.