Powar, who can also bat well, has signed a two-year contract with the Rajasthan Cricket Association.
     
The stocky all-rounder said his former teammate and long-time friend Hrishikesh Kanitkar was instrumental in pulling him to Rajasthan.
     
"I and Hrishi have been good friends and have played together for departmental teams, Mumbai and West Zone teams for years. We have good understanding and he offered me play for Rajasthan," said Powar who was instrumental in Mumbai’s Ranji triumph in 2002-2003 excelling with both bat and ball.
     
"I was playing for Mumbai for 13–14 years and it was becoming a routine thing so I shifted to Rajasthan. It is a different feeling while playing for champion teams like Mumbai. We always stepped in to win. Same would be here. Rajasthan too have been Ranji champion for two consecutive years which was no mean feat," said Powar, who looks a lot fitter after shedding a few kilos.

(Agencies)

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