Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey is looking forward to playing alongside duo Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan during the Indian Premier League 2020.
Pant, Dhawan and Carey will be team-mates at the Delhi Capitals during this year's IPL. The Capitals, who used to be called the Daredevils, have never won the IPL.
“I suppose, you know, chatting to Rishabh and the way he plays his cricket. Obviously, he is a wicketkeeper-batsman and he's so explosive and dynamic, as a batsman,” said Carey.
“It will be great to talk to him, he's quite unconventional in some of his cricket shots, it's amazing to see him play, so probably have a good chat about mind set with him.
“Shikhar is so experienced in the top order and has performed on massive occasions as well. Again, another left-hand batter. So I am keen to speak to him.”
The Capitals will be coached by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has left the Kings XI Punjab, is also in the squad.
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“All the net sessions we're going to have, we're going to make sure we're playing against the great spinners at Delhi Capitals, and speaking to a lot of those players – Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane and all those senior guys – picking their brains really. Add Ricky in as well, it's a pretty exciting list of players and staff members we've got in Delhi,” added Carey.
“Ashwin is an amazing spinner and I want to face him once in the nets as well, just to put yourself up against some of those guys.”
The left-handed Carey represented the Adelaide Strikers in Australia's Big Bash League earlier this year. This will be his first IPL. A fine stretch of form will keep him in contention for a berth in Australia's squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup, which will be played in India.
“Yeah, it's really exciting. It will be my first opportunity playing the IPL, so firstly it's just exciting to be a part of that competition, which we all watch and admire around the world in the T20 format,” he concluded.
“And then leading into the T20 World Cups in the next couple of years, it's a great opportunity to play against the best in the world, in different conditions as well.”