IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals Set To Rope In Heinrich Klaasen As Smith’s Replacement
Heinrich Klaasen, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman, is in line to be roped in by Rajasthan Royals to replace Steven Smith, a report in TOI suggests.
The report also adds the franchise has had a talk with the player and Klaasen has agreed to the offer.
As per the rules, only a player whose name is on the list of players who were up for the auction, can only be roped in.
Klaasen’s name was later added to the extended list, which makes him eligible to land an IPL contract.
He shone twice during the limited-overs series against India and drew much limelight.
The first occasion came during the fourth ODI, where, in a rain-marred game, he scored 43* off 27.
The way he played India’s wrist spinners was a great sight to see.
The second occasion came during the second T20I of the series.
Chasing a huge target of 189, South Africa were 38-2.
Klaasen came and stitched a partnership of 93 with JP Duminy to lead the side to a victory.
He alone contributed 69 runs which came off just 30 balls.
His innings included a total of seven sixes and three fours.
South Africa just won two games in the limited-overs series and on both the occasions, Klaasen starred for his side.
He is expected to be used as a pinch hitter, who might be given the job to bat later, at least in the first few games.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have a new captain in form of Ajinkya Rahane, who will lead the side for the first time.
He was announced as the captain of the side as soon as Smith resigned from his post.
The team has already started its preparation camp but few of the players are yet to join.
Ben Stokes, the costliest buy in the auction, will also have a late arrival as he is currently playing Test series against New Zealand.
Rajasthan Royals kick off their IPL campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an away game on April 9.
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