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Ajinkya Rahane turned down Steve Smith’s beer offer

Indian Vice captain reveals the reason why he had to turn down an offer from his franchise captain

Ajinkya Rahane IPL 2016
Rising Pune Supergiants batsman Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: IANS)

After a hard fought out series against the Australians, the Indian team seemed oblivious to the beer offers from the Kangaroos. It is well known in Australian cricketing culture that after the conclusion of a series comprising of verbal attacks and name-calling, the fellow Australians offer a drink to their counterparts. However, the Indian team, after a long home season consisting of 13 Test matches, seemed busy celebrating their own triumph.

Much has been said lately about the strenuous relationship between the two sides. Amidst all these allegation and unrest, Steven Smith offered a round of drink to his fellow counterparts. Quoting Steven Smith after the 4th match “I asked if he wanted us to come in for a drink being at the end of the series. He said he’d get back to me. With Ajinkya, we get on well. He’s in my IPL team so I’ll be with him for the next few weeks,”

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Rahane later revealed in a press conference about not being able to oblige to the offer from Smudge, who also happens to be captaining his team in the 10th season of the IPL commencing on the 5th of April. Rahane stated that “We had our own celebrations together in our dressing rooms and I was busy there. I enjoyed the moment with my team. It was a well-fought series and we all played good cricket. Credit goes to the both the teams. But I believe in staying with the present. My focus is on the IPL now,”

Additionally, Rahane stressed on leaving the series behind and insisted the players to move on after a riveting series.

It will be interesting to watch the duo wearing the same jersey for the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise, who failed to create an impact in the last edition of the IPL. With the likes of Du Plessis, Dhoni and Stokes in the ranks, Pune would hope to do better in the forthcoming edition of this cricket extravaganza.

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