IPL 2020 | This IPL will be different, says Ajinkya Rahane of Delhi Capitals
IPL 2020: Ajinkya Rahane, who has played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiants said, like majority of the Indian cricketers, he too has spend the time away from cricket by focusing on his mental health, physical training.Updated: Aug 21, 2020, 11:41 IST
India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane feels IPL 2020 will be different from rest of the seasons because of playing in a bio-secure environment in the UAE. Rahane who will play his first season with Delhi Capitals, said players will have to remain positive and take one step at a time while returning to cricket after such a long gap.
“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,” Rahane said after landing in Mumbai.
The Indian players of the Delhi Capitals team arrived in Mumbai on Thursday and they will be flying out for United Arab Emirates on Sunday for the league that begins on September 19.
Rahane, who has played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiants said, like majority of the Indian cricketers, he too has spend the time away from cricket by focusing on his mental health, physical training.
“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,” 32-year-old Indian vice-captain said.
“So the time I’ve managed to spend with them has put me in a positive frame of mind.” one of Capitals’ senior most players said.
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Fellow Mumbaikar and dashing opener Shaw echoed his senior’s sentiments.
“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.
Speaking on how his team will be approaching the upcoming season, Shaw said, “ We know people have a lot of expectations from us, but our focus will be on making the most of the training sessions we get in the UAE, and re-creating that fantastic team environment which made us so successful last year. We also have the chance to gel with the new players and then set our sights on the IPL season.
(With PTI inputs)