One of the issues Rising Pune Supergiant had last season was finding the ideal batting partner for Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order. It carried over to this season as well with Mayank Agarwal failing to grab his chances. And that allowed the team management to tinker a bit and throw in a surprise by including Maharashtra allrounder Rahul Tripathi in their last few matches of IPL 2017.
With Steve, he brings in his different style of play and when Mahi bhai comes to the ground, all you hear is the crowd chanting ‘Dhoni Dhoni’. That’s the kind of aura he has. For me it is a great learning curve as all the hard work that I have put in at my club cricket, I only want to improve on it by learning, how much ever I can, with you people being around.
“When the two of us open, being at the non-striker’s end and watching you play a shot with the straight bat is a learning for me. Also, the conversation in the middle, when you tell me things like ‘achcha jaa rahe ho (you’re playing well)’ automatically brings in that confidence in me to go out and perform.”
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