Won't let the strength of Rajasthan Royals go down, says skipper Rahul Dravid

Ahead of the CLT20 opener against Mumbai Indians, Rahul Dravid choses to dwell on the contest between teams instead, downplaying the fact that this might also be his final series appearance for Rajasthan Royals.

updated: September 19, 2013 20:17 IST
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When Rajasthan Royals were hit by the spot-fixing scandal in IPL VI, they were barely given time to recover from the shock of seeing teammates arrested and accused of giving less than 100% on the field before they had to compete once again.

Competing well after that kind of setback is commendable in itself, but Rajasthan did better than that, and finished third, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator, and missing out on a spot in the final only because Mumbai Indians snatched a last-ball win in the second qualifier.

The IPL, its scandals and its controversies are a few months old now, and Rajasthan have had time to re-group and re-focus for the Champions League Twenty20 2013. That focus was in evidence when Rahul Dravid, the Rajasthan captain, said the team would not let the "strength of its spirit" flag.

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