Steve Smith had a remarkable captaincy debut for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, compiling a brilliant match-winning knock to steer his team home against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Saturday. Smith played a significant unbeaten knock of 59 runs which included 5 fours and 1 six and he was also awarded the Man of the Match for his stunning performance. The duo comprising of Steve Smith and Riyan Parag combined together for an important partnership which in turn opened the doors of a brilliant victory.
We want to carry forward from here
Before the start of the game, the big call to replace Ajinkya Rahane with Smith as the captain for the rest of the season was taken. Smith has played one or two great knocks thus far in the tournament but he has clearly not been at his best. After the game, Smith admitted the fact that he has not contributed much as he would have liked to and thus, he feels delighted to get his team over the finishing line this time.
“I haven’t contributed as much as I would’ve liked through the tournament and it feels really nice to have gotten the boys over the line. Hopefully, we can carry it forward from here,” said Steve Smith during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Smith stitched a remarkable partnership of 70 runs along with Riyan Parag to help RR dictate the terms. Parag played an entertaining inning of 43 runs off just 29 balls. While speaking about Parag, Smith heaped praises on the youngster and reckoned that he looks to be a seasoned campaigner.
“Parag was really impressive; I have been watching him in the nets and with the bat looks like a seasoned campaigner. He’s a great kid and has a great future, I hope I was as confident when I was 17. When you are young and come into a team you have a carefree attitude and kept playing his shots,” he added.
We just need to stay focussed
In spite of this victory, the Royals’ playoff dreams are still under serious threat as Royals are left with an uphill task of winning at least four of the five remaining games and then waiting for the other results to come in their favour as well. However, Smith noted that they are treating every coming game as a final and they are focussing on winning all their remaining games.
“We just need to stay focussed on the processes, we just need to turn up and win. Every game’s a final, and we have to win each one. Let’s hope it turns out well for us,” Smith concluded.