Rajasthan Royals (RR) are scheduled to lock horns with Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. After losing six of the eight games played in the tournament, the Royals have left themselves with an uphill task of winning atleast five of the remaining six games and then wait for the other result to come in their favour as well, in order to arrive in the contention for the playoffs. However, ahead of the game, the Royals have come up with the biggest announcement of the season, replacing Ajinkya Rahane with Steven Smith as the skipper for the rest of the tournament.
Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal
Under Rahane’s leadership, the Royals qualified for the playoffs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, but since then the Jaipur-based franchise has only managed to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) in the ongoing edition of the lucrative league.
The Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals, Zubin Bharucha mentioned that Rahane will still remain a key member of the team even after stepping down as the skipper. He also noted the Indian Test deputy will continue to be part of the leadership team and will extend his support whenever new skipper Steven Smith requires the same.
“Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal. He led the team to the playoffs 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,” quoted Zubin Bharucha.
We have confidence in Steve Smith
Bharucha further mentioned that Smith is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world across the three formats of the game. He also noted that the team is very much confident that Smith can lead the Royals to success this season. Under Smith’s captaincy, the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants qualified for the finals of IPL 2017.
“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,” Bharucha concluded.