IPL 2019: Steve Smith takes over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane

first_img graphs scorecard Rohan Sen JaipurApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 16:44 IST Rajasthan Royals’ match against Mumbai Indians will be Steve Smith’s first as captain in IPL 2019 ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith will lead Rajasthan Royals for the remaining matches in IPL 2019-04-20Rahane led RR in 8 matches, suffering 6 losses and just 2 winsRR are languishing in 7th place in the IPL points table, ahead of Royal Challengers BangaloreRajasthan Royals on Saturday announced that captain Ajinkya Rahane will be succeeded by Steve Smith for the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League this season.Ajinkya Rahane stepped down from the post after Rajasthan’s terrible campaign in the IPL so far. They have registered just two wins from 8 games so far.Rahane will continue to be “a key voice in the side,” the Rajasthan Royals announced just minutes before their do-or-die match against Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Saturday.”Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal. He led the team to the play offs in 2018 in a very challenging scenario and that will go down as one of the great comebacks of the IPL. He remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve.”Steve is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world, in all formats of the game. We are confident he can lead the Royals to success,” said Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals.Rajasthan Royals are currently seventh in the points table, having picked four points from eight matches.The likes of Rahane and Steve Smith haven’t really got going and Sanju Samson’s form too, has dipped after the hundred he scored against Sunrisers Hyderabad last month.Smith did not play the last game and is expected to be back for this one with Ashton Turner, who made his debut against Punjab, failing to make any impact.advertisementThis will be Smith’s first time leading a professional cricket team since he was sacked as Australia captain last year following the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.Smith was barred from the IPL last season due to his involvement in the ball-tampering controversy and was handed a one-year ban from all forms of competitive cricket by Cricket Australia, along with David Warner.Smith was banned from captaincy for two years while Warner will never be considered for the post.Smith had succeeded MS Dhoni as captain of Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017 and led the team to the final that season before he rejoined the Royals in 2018 after the franchise’s two-year suspension got over.Also Read | Rajasthan Royals have to treat every game like final, feels Ben StokesAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane seeks BCCI permission to play for HampshireAlso Read | Pujara, Ashwin among 7 India cricketers to play county ahead of World Test ChampionshipFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Ajinkya Rahane IPL 2019: Steve Smith takes over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya RahaneRajasthan Royals’ match against Mumbai Indians will be Steve Smith’s first match as captain of the Jaipur-based franchise. No data available!center_img commentary advertisement view more view lesslast_img

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