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IPL 2019: Steven Smith’s IPL Experience is Valuable – Rajasthan Royals Owners 

IPL 2019: Steven Smith’s IPL Experience is Valuable – Rajasthan Royals Owners
Manoj Badale (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

It was a roller-coaster campaign for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2018. They started the previous season with a bang by winning away matches but lost the plot in the middle to see themselves in troubled waters. However, they made a stunning comeback to make it to the playoff stage. Irrespective of all, one thing is for sure that they have missed the services of Steven Smith dearly.

We would welcome Smith – Owners

Ahead of the start of IPL 2018, Rajasthan Royals lost the services of Steven Smith, who got banned for one year. However, it is going to end ahead of IPL 2019 and the franchise doesn’t want to lose a player like Steven Smith.

“We need to have people in the team who can lead, as well as support in developing the younger talent. We are lucky to have several players with exceptionally strong leadership capabilities, therefore we know we will have both, a strong leadership team and captain, come the start of the season,” Badale said.

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Rajasthan Royals (Photo by Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI)

We always encouraged young talent – Rajasthan Royals’ owners

The owner furtherly added they have continually developed a young talent for the side by mixing them with world-class players. Much to the same, they want Steven Smith to pass on his knowledge for the youngsters and help them to come good in the IPL 2019.

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“Anyone would miss a batsman of Steve’s calibre, but we were very happy with how the team performed and making to the play offs was a great achievement,” Badale said.

“We built a talented, but relatively young squad in 2018 and therefore to reach the play-offs shows how well the players came together as a team to succeed. We believe the retained team has the potential to deliver another successful season and we cannot wait for it to begin,” the lead owner said.

IPL 2019, Steven Smith, Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals owners would welcome Steven Smith with open arms. Image Courtesy: Getty

All in all, it would be pretty interesting to see how Steven Smith approaches the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. It is also intriguing to see whether Rajasthan would ask the discarded cricketer to lead the side or not.

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