DC vs KXIP IPL 2020 Preview: Will Ajinkya Rahane play against Kings XI Punjab?

DC vs KXIP Preview: Ajinkya Rahane has become the centre of attraction, as Delhi Capitals gear up to take on Kings XI Punjab in their campaign opener at Dubai International Stadium. The question on his role in the team and availability for the first match has been doing the rounds for sometimes. And with the match approaching fast, it has once again resurfaced. Rahane joined Delhi Capitals this season from Rajasthan Royals. Known for his versatility, the 32-year-old, can bat anywhere from opener to No.6. However, this does not assure him a place in the starting line-up against Kings XI Punjab. Ricky Ponting, DC head coach said believes that Rahane is in good shape and has done everything right during the training sessions and this puts him in contention for selection. “He does not get an automatic selection. He is working on his T20 aspect of batting but to be honest, he has been in great shape,” and “to be honest he has been in great form during training sessions”.
DC vs KXIP IPL 2020: Where will Ajinkya Rahane fit in the Delhi Capitals squad?
Ponting believes that the senior batsman’s inclusion adds “more depth” to the side, which has increased competition. While the coach did not give away much but there is a possibility that India’s Test vice-captain may have to wait for his chance in the playing XI considering the explosive top five (Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer) that DC possesses. There is in-form Alex Carey also in the mix.
“We really have a balanced side. There is a lot of competition for middle-order slots. Rahane gives us more depth to our batting,” the Australian legend said.”Shikhar had as good a last season as anybody. Prithvi has been training very well. Shreyas has had his best 12 months for the Indian team. We have Pant, Hetmyer and Alex Carey (both left-handers), which gives us a good mix of left-right combination. We have our bases covered,” Ponting said, giving a subtle hint about Rahane’s immediate future.