Bengaluru Blasters skipper Rongsen Jonathan

Kohima: After Nagaland cricket skipper Jonathan Rongsen became the third most expensive player at the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) auction for a whopping amount of Rs 6 lakh, the 32-year-old is all set to lead Bengaluru Blasters as captain for this year’s edition.

Speaking with EastMojo, Rongsen said, “I have been given the privilege of being the captain this year and hopefully I can live up to the title. Our team is on the young side so the main objective is not only to win the tournament but also to improve as a whole.”

Talking about the team’s commitment, he said, “We have been having heavy sessions and simulation matches every day to help us prepare for the upcoming season. Every day is a new day filled with more extensive workouts.”

“I was very happy that my hard work has been recognised and hopefully can live up to their expectations,” he said as he reacted to his status as the third most expensive player at KPL.

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When asked if he had any team preferences before the auction, he humbly responded, “Being a professional player, I don’t have such preferences. I would have given my full dedication to whichever team had bought me.”

On being asked about his opinion on the current status of cricket in the state, Rongsen said: “Nagaland is a state which is slowly expanding its horizons. A few years ago, cricket was not given any spotlight but as of lately, due to the support of Nagaland cricket Association, the BCCI has finally reached out to our state. Major credit [goes] to the members of Nagaland Cricket Association for their hard work and attentiveness to our cricketers. Hopefully, in a few years, with this support, Nagaland could be one among the best teams in India.”

Seven teams will be competing at the eighth edition of KPL which will begin on August 16. Bengaluru Blasters will face defending champions Bijapur Bulls during the opening of KPL at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

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