In a major decision, just hours before its crucial match, Rajasthan Royals have made Steve Smith captain instead Ajinkya Rahane for the reminder Indian Premier League (IPL).
In the major announcement the management of Rajasthan Royals made Australian batsman Steven Smith captain for the upcoming matches of the IPL.
“Ajinkya Rahane did a fantastic job in leading the team to the playoffs last year, however, the franchisee now thinks a fresh approach is needed to bring their 2019 campaign back on track,” Statement said.
“Steve has always been part of the leadership team within RR and Rahane will continue to be a key voice in the side, therefore the Royals see this as a small restructuring process to secure the results required to move up the table,” it further said
On its official website franchisee quoted Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals as saying, “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 remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve”.
“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.” added Bharucha.