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IPL or any other sport, could be played without spectators: Ajinkya Rahane

New Delhi: All the world could have come to a stand-still as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, however Delhi Capitals batsman Ajinkya Rahane believes that the one manner ahead is to be pragmatic in our strategy. Talking on an Instagram dwell session with the franchise’s official deal with on Wednesday, the fashionable Indian batsman mentioned he would even be eager to play in empty stadiums if it means the well being and well-being of the followers are protected.

“COVID-19 pandemic has taught everyone that unexpected things can happen, therefore we need to be happy about what we are doing, and should value what we have. It is also important that we maintain positivity and patience in our daily lives, and I believe it will certainly help us in finding a way forward,” mentioned Rahane.

“As for IPL or any other sport, I feel it could be played without spectators. All of us have played domestic cricket in almost empty stadiums, so that’s an experience all cricketers are used to. Of course we are nothing without our fans, and that’s why their safety is of utmost importance. Even if they get to watch some live action from home, I am sure that will be an enjoyable experience as well. The safety of fans is key, and if we need to play in empty stadiums for that, we are open to do it,” he added.

Talking on how he has been spending time throughout the nationwide lockdown, Rahane mentioned he’s having fun with bonding along with his spouse and daughter. “I’m trying to be as positive as possible during this lockdown, and staying at home with my wife and daughter. It’s given me an opportunity to bond with them, and I’m also able to help my wife in cooking and cleaning. Apart from this, I’m also trying to revive my karate skills, something that I pursued as a child. It definitely helps me in maintaining my agility and fitness, and I am enjoying it a lot,” mentioned the 31-year-old.

Used to attempt to copy Ricky sir’s batting & fielding fashion: Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane was purchased by Delhi Capitals final 12 months earlier than the IPL Public sale, and talking on an Instagram dwell session with the franchise’s official deal with on Wednesday, the middle-order batsman mentioned he’s actually enthusiastic about taking part in for the Delhi-based franchise.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to playing for the Delhi Capitals. It is something I’ve really been eager about, and it has stemmed in because of the things I’ve heard about the team from the likes of Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. They’ve told me that it’s like a huge family where everyone is always backing each other, and enjoying each other’s successes,” mentioned Ajinkya Rahane.

Speaking about his pleasure on taking part in below head coach Ricky Ponting, Rahane mentioned he has all the time admired the Australian legend. “My idols growing up were definitely Rahul (Dravid) sir and Sachin (Tendulkar) sir, but I’ve always admired Ricky sir also. I used to try to copy his batting and fielding styles. And therefore, I’m really looking forward to working under him. I’m sure he will help me immensely in my batting as well as overall leadership,” mentioned the previous captain of the Rajasthan franchise.

Signing off, Rahane additionally despatched a message to Delhi’s followers, “All of you should know that I am also waiting eagerly for the IPL season as much as you guys. However, we’re going through a tough time, and it is important for all of us to follow the guidelines given to us. It is a good opportunity for us to help our country by staying united. We will meet soon whenever the IPL happens, till then please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”

(IANS)

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