Steve Smith has been named as Captain of the Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League season. Speaking at the appointment of Smith as the captain, Head of Cricket, Zubin Bharucha said, “We have some great players and cricketing minds in the team with proven leaders like Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane. We came to the conclusion that Steve Smith would be the ideal candidate for the job. Smith has been incredible as captain of Australia. He is someone who leads the team by example.”
Both Shane Warne and Smith are shrewd cricketing brains and fans will be waiting with bated breath to see how the Australian combination fares in the IPL.
Warne, mentor of the Royals said that the team will continue to play intense cricket. “We will play the Royals’ brand of cricket, that is, with spirit and aggression, with which we are known to play with. I am looking forward to exciting cricket and a successful campaign.”
Smith, on his part, said he is looking forward to work with his legendary countryman. “Its great to be back with the Royals. It’s an honour and a privilege to be leading Royals and i’m looking forward to working with the King (Shane Warne).”
Smith had been part of the Rajasthan Royals team in 2014 and 2015. In fact, it was at Rajasthan Royals where he first stepped into the shoes of a leader and later took over as Australia captain as he flourished in the role.Last season, Smith also led his team from the front guiding them to the final. Smith has only evolved in that role since taking over as Australia captain.
Rajasthan Royals will kick-off their season with an away fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad on the 9th of April at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur .