NEW DELHI: Following the appointment of Ajinkya Rahane as captain of Rajasthan Royals ahead of the IPL 2018, the 29-year-old batsman said that he is eager to lead a side which he has considered “family” and expressed gratitude towards the management for trusting him with the task. Rahane, on Monday, replaced Steve Smith, as the man to captain the side, after the Australian captain was embroiled in ball tampering controversy against South Africa during the Newlands Test.
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With 2333 runs in 72 innings, Rahane is the second most successful batsman for the Jaipur-based franchise after Shane Watson (2474). At this year’s IPL player auction, the 29-year-old was purchased by Royals for Rs 4 crore via one of their Right-to-Match cards.
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“I am very excited to be captaining the team that I have always considered as my family. I would extend my thanks to the entire management of Rajasthan Royals for having shown the trust in me and considered me for this role. I am thrilled to be back with the Royals again and I am ready to get to work and do all that I can, to ensure we go all out and give our best. We won’t miss a beat as we gear up for yet another exciting IPL season in a few days from now,” Rahane said.
“I would also like to thank the fans and followers who have stood by us and I look forward to their continued support for Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming season.”
Rahane started his IPL career with Mumbai Indians in 2008 but played for the Royals from 2011 to 2015 until the franchise was suspended for two seasons by the BCCI.
It was at Rajasthan under the mentorship of Rahul Dravid that Rahane really evolved as a batsman and succeeded as an opener. Rahane’s success story with the Royals commenced in 2012 as he hit a match-winning 98 against Kings XI Punjab in his first game of IPL 5 and hit the first century of that IPL season – an unbeaten 103 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Rahane emerged as the leading run-scorer for the Royals in that season due to his exploits with the bat.
Source : timesofindia