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Indian Premier League 2023: I Prefer Opening But Open To Any Role That Captain Wants, Says Ajinkya Rahane

On the eve of the opener against defending champions Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, Rahane was asked about his role in the CSK set-up, since the team has in place a set opening pair in Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Ajinkya Rahane addresses the media ahead of his CSK's opening match vs GT in Ahmedabad.
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An opener in the T20 format, Chennai Super Kings' Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday said he is ready to play in any position in the 16th Indian Premier League. (More Cricket News)

On the eve of the opener against defending champions Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, Rahane was asked about his role in the CSK set-up, since the team has in place a set opening pair in Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

"I have always been an opener. I have always opened the batting in T20 format, so not much of a difference in my role. Still, whatever the management and captain asks me to do, I am always open to doing it. For me, it's always about the team, so whenever I get an opportunity I will give my best," Rahane told mediapersons.

Rahane gave an open-ended reply when asked if Ben Stokes have any chance of bowling, or he will play only as a specialist batter, as reported by the British media.

"You will see that tomorrow how Mahi bhai uses him. It's completely in Mahi bhai's mind. He will use him really well," Rahane answered, without divulging much.

Rahane said that he felt that he was batting in good rhythm after having a decent domestic season with 634 runs in seven Ranji games for Mumbai.

"Personally, I am batting really well, had a good domestic season. It is all about having fun, but looking to learn every time and nothing changes. So, whenever I get a chance, I would like to contribute my best," he added.    

Playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni again is something that he is looking forward to.

"Experience has been really good so far. We started our training session long time back and very happy to be part of CSK family. Playing under Mahi bhai again... It's a great opportunity for me to learn, played under him in Indian team for many years, but in CSK, this is the first opportunity to play under him, really looking forward to it."

As far as the new 'Impact Player' rule is considered, Rahane feels that playing with 12 players effectively keeps any team in the game till the last ball.

"In this rule, you are never out of the game and whether it's a bowler, all-rounder or batter, every team is in the game till the last ball.

"In domestic cricket, it was different as you had to choose your impact player by 14th over, so here he can come anytime and deliver for the team, so basically you are playing with 12 players, no team is out of equation till last ball."
    
MUKESH CHOUDHARY RULED OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT

Left arm seamer Mukesh Choudhary, who was one of CSK's finds of the last season, is out of the tournament.

"He has been ruled out and we have asked for replacement," the CSK media manager informed.

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