pic credit : [email protected] Royals

As the grand tournament of Indian Premier League is heading towards its final showdown, Rajasthan Royals appointed foreign star player Steve Smith as their new captain for remainder matches in the league on Saturday. This comes after the squad felt the need of a young blood who can lead them with fresher approach and nobody could be better than experienced Australian cricketer Smith as he can make wonders with his optimistic mindset in exciting playoff matches in IPL 2019. However, the 29-year-old cricketer who made a fantastic comeback this year after his one year ban, has been picked up by the Australian team selectors for the 15-men squad for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals (RR), Zubin Bharucha said on the development, “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 also added, “Rahane remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve”.

Earlier, the royal squad lost their last match under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane by 12 runs against Kings XI Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali on April 16. Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals will next play their match against Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) on Monday in front of home crowd at Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Rajasthan Royals squad for IPL 2019: Steve Smith (skipper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-Keeper), Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi,  Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror  Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Riyan Parag, Shubham Ranjane and Manan Vohra