IPL 2019: Steven Smith Pays Tribute to Rajasthan Royals, Leaves for Australia
Former Australian skipper Steven Smith bids adieu to Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 30, for the ongoing IPL 2019 season. The prominent batsman has left for home to join the World Cup squad, in a bid to prepare for the forthcoming ODI showpiece scheduled in the UK.
The 29-year-old Smith has made a return to the competitive cricket with the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). However, the shoulder injury has forced him out of the tournament.
Officially, the ban was lifted on March 29 after being sanctioned for one year by Cricket Australia (CA), in admission to the ball-tampering saga in South Africa, last year alongside David Warner, who’s leading the charts with 692 runs in 12 matches.
The right-handed batsman has joined Royals led by Ajinkya Rahane in the first half of the ongoing season.
However, amid the ongoing edition, Rahane was stripped from his captaincy post to see Smith donning the captain’s hat. In the last five matches, Smith led Royals to see the side winning the three matches and end up losing a single game.
On April 30, the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was abandoned due to inclement weather.
Following a shaky start from Smith, he picked his form in between.
Besides, Smith has accumulated 319 runs in 13 matches at an average of 39.87. During the stay with Royals, he has struck three fifties to his name.
Meanwhile, Royals’ chances are somewhat spoiled following an abandoned game.
In 13 matches, so far, the Jaipur-based franchise has won five matches to bag 11 points. With this, they’re at fifth place on the IPL 2019 points table.
Smith, who recently revealed IPL is a window to prepare for the World Cup, bids an emotional goodbye to the franchise and his teammates.
The star batsman has thoroughly enjoyed his stay with Royals. He has further wished luck to his team for the final game against Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC).
Meanwhile, they will play their last group match against table-toppers Capitals on May 4 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi.
“Thank you @rajasthanroyals for the last 7 weeks. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this ipl. And I’m glad to be involved with such a great franchise with so many wonderful people. Good luck in Delhi boys! 🤞 #hallabol,” Smith wrote on his social media account.
Here’s the tweet:
Thank you @rajasthanroyals for the last 7 weeks. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this ipl and I’m glad to be involved with such a great franchise with so many wonderful people. Good luck in… https://t.co/YetHdsSEM9
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 30, 2019
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