Ajinkya Rahane replies to Dale Steyn’s comments, says IPL is a good platform for players

March 02, 2021 | Updated 9:46 pm

Ajinkya Rahane replies to Dale Steyn’s comments, says IPL is a good platform for players Ajinkya Rahane (Vice captain) of India (Vice captain) during the India team practice session held at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on the 12th February 2021 Photo by Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on Tuesday (March 2) said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped several young and aspiring cricketers in the country as well as foreign.

His comments were in answer to the interview given by South African pacer Dale Steyn to a Pakistani channel in which he said that leagues like Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Sri Lankan Premier League give more emphasis on cricket than the IPL

Rahane said, ” IPL gave us that platform to express ourselves and to a lot of Indians, to lots of overseas players as well so I’m not sure what Dale Steyn has said.”

He refused to comment further on the issue. Earlier in the day, Steyn in an interview said, “I think when you go to IPL there is a big squad and there are so many big names and there is just so much emphasis on the amount of money that players earn and everything like that so sometimes, somewhere along the lines, cricket kind of gets forgotten.”

He also added that in leagues like PSL and the Sri Lankan Premier League the emphasis on cricket was more than in the IPL.

“In IPL, the main topic is how much money did you go for in this IPL and that’s just me being rudely honest and so I wanted a break from that,” added Steyn.

The South African is representing the Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing PSL tournament and also withdrew his name from IPL 2021 after playing just three games in the previous season of the tournament where he took one wicket.