On Thursday, 30 March 2017, Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane harassed on the statement that cricket is a team sport and whoever will lead the team doesn’t really matter.
Rahane led India as captaincy in the four and final Tests series in Dharamsala against Australia after Kohli’s shoulder injured and achieve good result succeed by 8 wickets.
Rahane will be playing under the captaincy of Australian skipper Steve Smith in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
Smith has replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy of Rising Pune SuperGaint after a dull debut season of last year where the team ended second to last with just five wins in 14 matches.
Playing under the captaincy of Dhoni in the Indian team, the 28-year-old India’s vice-captain Rahane, who led India as a captaincy after Kohli’s shoulder injury and achieve win by 8 wickets over Australia, said that Smith will get to learn a lot from Dhoni even though he won’t be leading the team Rising Pune SuperGaints this season 10th.
Rahane said at a press conference in New Delhi, “Mahi is not the captain but will get to learn a lot from him. We feel very lucky if he is around because it is great to pick his brain.”
In the season 10th of the Indian Premier League, again Rahane will be teaming up with Smith after playing out a strong series with him.
Smith was in the news for his wrong reasons on the tour series as he was found fault at the dressing room for advice on a DRS review during the second Test in Bengaluru.
Later Smith apologised because of this ‘slip-ups’ during the Test series and even wanted to catch up with the Indian team for drinks. But Rahane said that he should have been getting back on that invitation.
Rahane feels that changing captaincy will not make different to the Rising Pune SuperGaints squad and they will not be trouble in playing under the captaincy of Smith in this season 10th.
He said, “We are all players and we will have a collective effort from everyone so it doesn’t matter who is leading the side.”
IPL season 10 will start from April 5th with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune SuperGaints will play against Mumbai Indians on April 6th.