India batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday (March 22) opened up about his stance on the most discussed topic of recent times i.e. sledging. The 29-year-old was addressing the media conference to announce an initiative by the Motor Vehicles Department, Maharashtra (MVD) wherein he compared sledging with horn honking while driving.
“Just as I don’t like sledging (on the cricket field), I also don’t like car honking while driving,” Rahane told reporters.
The main motive behind Rahane’s involvement in this initiative is to raise awareness about road safety and noise pollution.
“Noise pollution is a serious issue, especially in large metro cities, like Mumbai. I’m happy to be part of the No Honking Initiative and contribute in the best way I can, by playing cricket,” he added.
Moreover, Ajinkya Rahane will feature in the `Horn Not Ok Please’ T20 Cup exhibition match, on March 24, at the Wankhede Stadium, between `Road Safety XI’ and `No Honking XI’. Besides Rahane, Some of the leading India cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Suresh Raina will also take part in the match.
Recently, Rahane played in the inaugural T20 Mumbai league for North Mumbai Panthers franchise. He will represent Rajasthan Royals in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League. During the IPL auction in January, RR had used RTM card to secure the services of Rahane for INR 4 crores.