The two Australian mainstay batters, Steve Smith and David Warner have been in the reckoning for all the absurd reasons for the last one year. However, after their 12-month ball tampering ban got lifted last month, times have certainly changed as they have let their cricket to do all the talking. Warner is currently plying his trade with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been a key player of the team, while Smith has been handed the leadership role for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) midway through the season.
Warner has been in fantastic form, scoring a plethora of runs in this IPL season. He is currently the holder of the Orange Cap with 611 runs at an average of 67.88 which includes seven half-centuries and one hundred. Meanwhile, Smith who had a lackluster first half has got back into form and now has 319 runs in this IPL. However, both these Australian stars have one more game left in this IPL as they have to head back to Australia in order to prepare for the upcoming 2019 World Cup, scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales.
Smith and Warner came into IPL 2019 after recovering from their respective shoulder injuries. While Warner’s problem was a minor one, Smith was forced to undergo a surgery for the same. The former Aussie skipper still sports a heavy tapping on his right elbow.
In the yesterday’s game which the Rajasthan Royals ended up winning by a convincing margin of seven wickets, Smith took a terrific catch to dismiss Warner. However, during that process, Smith strangely landed on the same right elbow which sported the heavy tapping. He was seen clutching his elbow after taking the catch and he also looked to be in some pain. However, he didn’t go off the field and also, batted later on. Smith scored 22 in RR’s successful chase of 161.
It hurt initially because of the impact
After the game, Smith revealed that his elbow did hurt after that catch due to the greater impact on it. However, he also hoped that it would be fine. “Just landed on the elbow. Hopefully, it’s OK, it hurt initially because of the impact. I’ll know more when I take the tape off,” the Rajasthan Royals skipper was quoted saying in the post-match presentation.