The crowd support for the Ranchi franchise has gone a step ahead of others. And there is man by the name of Ashley Jackson, who has barely put a foot wrong in the 2015 Hero Hockey India League.
Ranchi Rays were so well served by German Moritz Fuertse in the first two editions of the HIL so much so that all the good work of Ashley Jackson was getting overshadowed. The 2015 edition saw Moritz Fuertse give the HIL a miss due to pressing commitments and Ashley Jackson was handed the captain armband.
The England medio seems to have relished the opportunity of leading from the front in the 2015 HIL edition, literally making his presence felt in each of the nine games Ranchi Rays have featured in so far.
Nothing will be a bigger joy for Jackson but to see his side embrace glory like Moritz Fuertse attained as skipper in the 2013 edition. The sight of Ashley Jackson in full cry is what the team management of Ranchi Rays would hope for as the league approaches the knockout phase.