There are several reports which suggest that Ravi Shastri might become the Head Coach of the newly arrived Ahmedabad franchise. It is said that Ravi’s team, including bowling coach Bharat Arun, has also been approached. Ravi Shastri recently completed his tenure as the Head Coach of Team India. The Ahmedabad franchise is owned by CVC Capital and the team will be based out of the Narendra Modi Stadium. In this article, we take a look at three players the Ahmedabad franchise might target for IPL 2022 if Ravi Shastri becomes the Head Coach.
1) Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan is one of the players the Ahmedabad franchise might target for IPL 2022 if Ravi Shastri becomes the Head Coach. The southpaw is the second-highest run-getter in the history of the competition. In the last six seasons, he has been accumulating close to 500 runs every campaign.
Shikhar Dhawan is a type of cricketer who can play the role of both an anchor and an aggressor. As seen in Ravi Shastri’s era, such cricketers were given a lot of relevance. Dhawan himself enjoyed playing in Shastri’s team. Moreover, Dhawan could arrive relatively cheap in the market. Hence, they might target him.
2) Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj is one cricketer who has become a top player in Ravi Shastri’s regime. Bharat Arun has had a terrific influence on Siraj’s career. Although the Hyderabadi pacer did well in Tests, as shown in IPL 2021, he has improved as a T20 bowler as well.
If Royal Challengers Bangalore does not retain him, he is likely to be in demand. Siraj has the capability to lead the pace attack of an IPL XI and hence, Shastri and co. might look to target him.
3) Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Shastri seem to enjoy a good relationship in the backroom. With Shastri as the coach, Ajinkya has captained a few games for India. Even though his form with the bat has not been great, Shastri has backed him.
In the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Rahane played a few good knocks at the top of the order for Mumbai. For him, opportunities have been scant in the last two IPL editions. Delhi is sure to not retain him and hence, the Ahmedabad franchise could have a realistic chance of hiring him.