Ajinkya Rahane is down to his preparations ahead of Delhi Capitals IPL 2021 opener against Chennai Super Kings on April 10. Rahane who was not chosen as the skipper of the side in place of the injured Shreyas Iyer said that though the clock is ticking, he remains focused ahead of a new IPL season with his current franchise.
Taking to Twitter, Rahane posted a picture of himself batting in the nets, and he captioned the post as: “A week before the big game. The clock is ticking, but the focus remains as intact as ever.” In the absence of Iyer, Rahane with his experience can be an ideal replacement for him in the Delhi batting line-up. He can also open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan if the management feels the same.
Focused Ajinkya Rahane Looks Forward To IPL 2021
A week before the big game. The ⏰ is ticking, but the focus remains as intact as ever. pic.twitter.com/JJEhr8rEkB
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) April 3, 2021
With seven days to go for the high-octane IPL clash between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium, groundstaff have tested positive. With cases rising in the state of Maharashtra, IPL franchises have started feeling a little wary and are keeping fingers crossed with the 14th edition of the league set to get underway from April 9.
Speaking to ANI, one of the franchise officials said the sudden report of groundsmen testing positive calls for stricter protocols and hard work of the medical staff.
“You do get a little concerned when you hear such things days before the start of the tournament. We have all been following protocols to the core, but obviously, when such a news come in, it makes us a little wary. We are looking at keeping things as tight as possible. Have to be on our guard,” the official said.
Wankhede is set to host 10 IPL games this season from April 10-25. The first match at the Mumbai stadium is slated to be played on April 10 between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings.
Four franchises, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals have set up their base in Mumbai as of now.