The upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will see Ajinkya Rahane plying his trade for Delhi Capitals (DC). Rahane’s move from Rajasthan Royals (RR) to Delhi prior to the auctions, shocked many, and the cricketer has finally revealed the reasons behind shifting base after so many years.
Rahane endured a very poor outing in the first half of IPL 2019. He failed to put runs on the board and eventually had to step down as the leader midway in the competition. Steve Smith took over the leadership, and it witnessed Rajasthan Royals producing better cricket. Ajinkya Rahane also batted a lot freely and even scored a century against Delhi Capitals.
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Ajinkya Rahane reveals reasons for his move to Delhi
Speaking about his move, Rahane said that losing captaincy didn’t motivate him to change his franchise. Ajinkya Rahane said that he felt there will be an opportunity to learn and grow as a cricketer which inspired to shift to Delhi Capitals. He also thanked Rajasthan Royals for giving him the opportunity to represent them so many years.
“At that point, I didn’t have anything like that in mind. Delhi Capitals wanted me to play for them, and I felt there was an opportunity to learn and grow as a player. I am thankful to Royals that they gave me an opportunity to play for them for so many years. Whatever happened midseason last year, yes it was disappointing,” Rahane said to Hindustan Times.
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“I have always believed that cricket is a team sport and you don’t lose because of one player’s mistake or win because of one player’s brilliant performance. If you want me to take the blame, okay fine. After that (captaincy) decision happened, I was sitting with a couple of close friends but didn’t discuss captaincy at all. I decided I know how I should bat and will bat like that. I think aggression, the positive intent which is there in me, it all came out in the right manner that day (vs Capitals),” he added.
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if Ajinkya Rahane finds a place in the playing XI amidst all the hard-hitting and power-packed Delhi Capitals line-up. Delhi, who finished fourth last season, have roped in some exciting talents in the auctions and will hope to lift their maiden title.