Delhi Capitals have acquired the services of AjinkyaRahane from Rajasthan Royals with MayankMarkande and Rahul Tewatia heading the other way.
Rahane played over 100 games for the Royals and represented the Jaipur-based franchise across two stints – between 2011-2015 and again in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
He is the second headliner to move to the Capitals this year following the same path as Ravichandran Ashwin who moved from Kings XI Punjab to Delhi earlier in the window. The Capitals are already well-stocked with top-order Indian cricketers with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant occupying top-four slots.
“I am extremely honored to welcome one of India’s most stellar and consistent batsmen, AjinkyaRahane, to the DC family. When the franchise underwent a revamp last year, a decision was made to keep Indian players at its core. The result was there for everyone to see, with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma performing brilliantly for us, and complimenting the youth that DC has in Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw, among others,” Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal said.
“That thought process has continued for us this time around as well, as is evident in the signing of Ravichandran Ashwin, followed by that of AjinkyaRahane. I am sure Rahane’s a wealth of experience, and familiarity with the conditions will help Delhi Capitals go a long way in IPL 2020,” Jindal added.
Last year, Rahane started as captain of the Royals but was sacked midway in favor of Steve Smith. His form improved in the second half of the season, scoring an unbeaten 105 against Capitals, his future team, and ending the season with 393 runs from 14 games.
In all, he has featured in 140 IPL games and led the Royals for 24 matches. His 3820 runs have come for Royals, Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant.
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