Ajinkya Rahane is currently the vice-captain of the Indian Test team but remains out of favour in the limited over’s side. For many years, he has been a vital cog in Rajasthan Royals’ wheel in IPL. He rose to fame after enjoying a stellar season with Rajasthan in 2012. He aggregated 560 runs at a stellar average of 40 in 16 matches.
However, ahead of the 2020 season, Rahane will be seen donning a new jersey in Delhi Capitals. Along with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, Rahane will be the third opener for the side. His experience is likely to prove handy for a team which is built around youngsters.
Recently, during a live chat with Vikrant Gupta on Instagram, Rahane revealed that it was Sourav Ganguly who asked him if he wanted to play for Delhi Capitals to which he agreed.
“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.”
“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.
When asked about his favourite position to bat, Rahane took no time to say that he loves to open the innings but has no issues if the team warrants him to bat at a different position.
“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,” he added.