The team that has made a lot of people sit up and take notice is the Rajasthan team. They may not have some of the glamour boys of the game
playing for them but they have one of the finest batsmen in the game leading them and a few others who may not be box office but would have just about every other skipper wishing they were in their teams too.
Shane Watson is today one of the lynch pins of not just Rajasthan but also of Australia and he will probably admit that it was his stint under Shane Warne in the first IPL edition of 2008 that gave him the impetus to be the player he is today. There was also Graeme Smith in that team and spending time in the dressing room with these stalwarts of the game would have given Watson’s confidence the boost it needed.
Till that season he was pretty injury prone and that could well be because of the tension and pressures of the big expectations around him. Such anticipation can make the muscles contract with nervousness and anxiety and that could well have been the reason he had interrupted seasons till then. He has not looked back after that season and is now one of the foremost all-rounders in the game.
Ajinkya Rahane is another one who has huge expectations to deal with, and on his Test debut seemed pressured and threw away his wicket to a
nothing shot. He has been very consistent now and hopefully will be able to resurrect his career like Watson has done. Another couple of young players who will have plenty of expectations ahead are David Miller and Sanju Samson.
Both are having the time of their lives batting quite sensationally and impressing everybody with each outing. While Miller powered his way to
an incredible match winning century against Bangalore, Sanju Samson has played some silken shots. There is a lot of Jayawardene in Samson as he looks good with both hands and both sides of the wicket, and if he can be half as successful as the Sri Lankan then he will have had a great career.
Suresh Raina simply loves this format of the game and is most comfortable and settled in it, and after a slow start to the tournament, he is now
showing why he is such a game changer. That there are three players, Dravid, Samson and Rahane in the top three contenders for the accolade
explains why the Rajasthan team is almost certain to qualify for the play offs. Ajinkya Rahane for his consistent batting is the Ceat international
cricketer of the week.
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