IPL 2020: Ajinkya Rahane reveals how Sourav Ganguly persuaded him to join Delhi Capitals

Former Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper, Ajinkya Rahane shifted base in the last auctions and will now don the jersey of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Now, Rahane has revealed how current BCCI President and former DC head coach, Sourav Ganguly convinced him to make a move north…

IPL 2020: Ajinkya Rahane reveals how Sourav Ganguly persuaded him to join Delhi Capitals

Former Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper, Ajinkya Rahane shifted base in the last auctions and will now don the jersey of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Now, Rahane has revealed how current BCCI President and former DC head coach, Sourav Ganguly convinced him to make a move north from the Jaipur-based franchise.

Rahane will now work under the mentorship of DC head coach Ricky Ponting, who built the team around youngsters.

I am really excited to play for the Delhi Capitals. I remember when I was in Hampshire last year and was playing country cricket, Sourav Ganguly was covering India’s World Cup game. He asked me whether I wanted to play and told me to take my time,” Ajinkya Rahane told Vikrant Gupta during an Instagram Live chat.

I took my time and the fact that I would get to play under Ganguly and Ponting I felt would help my growth as a player. But as I said, Rajasthan Royals gave me an opportunity and I am grateful to them,” he added.

Rahane is the third opener in the Capitals’ lineup:

The Mumbai batsman joins Test specialists, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, and Hanuma Vihari at the DC camp.

Rahane starts off as the backup opener for flamboyant stroke makers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. Their batting order is further bolstered by the presence of captain Shreyas Iyer and mainstay Rishabh Pant.

In T20s I have always opened and even in domestic cricket and in the IPL I have opened. So yes opening is my favorite position. But I have always believed in giving my best to the team wherever they need me to be. So even if Delhi Capitals tell me to bat in the middle order and although opening is my preference, I am even ready for that as a cricketer and as a professional athlete,” Rahane concluded.

DC still await for their maiden IPL title. They have taken part in all IPL editions since 2008 and very seldom have qualified for the playoffs, despite a plethora of superstars representing the franchise.

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Lakshmipathy Balaji discloses his chat with MS Dhoni on the day CSK skipper announced his international retirement

Lakshmipathy Balaji, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach, had revealed that he was absolutely unaware of MS Dhoni’s retirement as the latter came and had a casual chat with him, minutes after announcing his retirement through a video montage on Instagram. Balaji, who has been with the Chennai-based franchise since 2008, first as a fast…

Lakshmipathy Balaji discloses his chat with MS Dhoni on the day CSK skipper announced his international retirement

Lakshmipathy Balaji, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach, had revealed that he was absolutely unaware of MS Dhoni’s retirement as the latter came and had a casual chat with him, minutes after announcing his retirement through a video montage on Instagram.

Balaji, who has been with the Chennai-based franchise since 2008, first as a fast bowler and now as a bowling coach, said that the former Indian skipper talked with him in a usual nonchalant way as nothing has happened a moment ago.

After practice gets over, I normally talk a lot to Dhoni about the wicket, about practicing and playing conditions. So that day, I finished practice and I went inside. I did not realize that he had already put his retirement message at 7:29 pm,” Balaji said on Star Sports‘ show Cricket Connected.

So, after posting the message, Dhoni walked up to me as usual and he casually told me that he had asked the groundsman to water the ground extra for the pitch. I said okay. And I didn’t realize anything, it was a huge moment in his life. But, just like that he moved on, and that’s Dhoni for you,” he added.

Balaji remarked that he was awe-struck after hearing the news of Dhoni’s retirement, and he couldn’t fathom the shocking news initially.

I finally realized he announced his retirement. It took some time for me to sink in the moment. Dhoni’s uniqueness is the way he is detached. He will never stop no matter what the situation is, and moves on in his own style.

‘His leadership changed the perception among all captain’- Balaji

The former pacer further added that the captaincy tenure of Dhoni changed the perception of the game. Dhoni is the only captain to have won all three ICC trophies – 2007 T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup in 2011, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

His leadership changed the perception of leadership among all captains. The way he maintains his emotion on the field, maintaining the team environment and camaraderie, leading the team successfully, only MS Dhoni could do it,” concluded Balaji.

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