IPL 2021: Taking a dig at Dale Steyn for his baseless accusations against IPL for preferring money over cricket, Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said that the mega event had provided a platform to only the star players but also youngsters.
“IPL gave us that platform to express ourselves and also to a lot of Indians players. I am not sure what Dale Steyn has said, I am here to talk about this Test match,” said Rahane during a virtual press conference.
Dale Steyn, who is now playing for Pakistan Super League franchise Quetta Gladiators made himself unavailable for the IPL 2021 after being ignored for the most part of IPL last two seasons. He blamed IPL for putting money over the game of cricket and said that he found T20 leagues such as PSL and SLPL “more rewarding.”
“I wanted some time off. I found that playing in these other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player. I think when you go to IPL, there are such big squads and so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that, so sometimes, somewhere down the line, cricket gets forgotten,” Steyn told Cricket Pakistan.
Steyn, who has been a hot property in the Indian Premier League earning Rs 47.15 crore in the 11 editions he has played, said that in leagues like PSL and SLPL, cricket is given importance. That’s the reason why he decided to stay away from the IPL, despite interest from franchises.
As for Rahane, who has captained Rajasthan Royals, switched to Delhi Capitals last season. Although he is not considered a power hitter, he has played some good innings in the tournament. But before shifting focus and turning the T20 mode on, Rahane is focused on India’s 4th Test against England at Motera starting from March 4.