Steve Smith Released By Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson Assigned Skipper In IPL 2021
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Steve Smith Released By Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson Assigned Skipper In IPL 2021

Steve Smith, IPL 2020
Steve Smith. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL

Steve Smith have been released by Rajasthan Royals franchise ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.  Highly-placed sources in the team have confirmed that the decision has been taken after much deliberation.

Steve Smith who took charge from Ajinkya Rahane in the middle of the season in 2019 has failed to live up to his expectations scoring 311 runs averaging only 25.91 with 3 fifties.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Steve Smith’s Contract Expired In 2020 And Rajasthan Royals Decided Not To Renew

The Australian skipper scored 311 runs from 14 games in the last season as the franchise finished last-eighth in the points table in extremely competitive IPL 2020.

“His contract expired in 2020 and we have decided not to renew it. Steve Smith has had a huge contribution but we had to take a call after much deliberation,” the official said.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Image Credit: Google)

Sanju Samson has been named as the new captain of Rajasthan Royals. There were speculations that the franchise could part ways with its head coach Andrew McDonald, but this publication understands that the Australian will continue as the head coach. Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson scored 375 runs from 14 games averaging 28.84 with 3 fifties in IPL 2020.

Glenn Maxwell, Kedar Jadhav, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Chris Morris, Tom Banton Among Players Released By Respective Franchises

One of the biggest mainstays in T20 Cricket. Glenn Maxwell has been released from KXIP. The Australian scored just 108 runs in 13 matches. Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, K Gowtham, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Jimmy Neesham & Karun Nair are players who are released from Punjab. Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Piyush Chawla have been released from CSK while the players retained are Suresh Raina, Faf Du Plessis & Dwayne Bravo. SunRisers Hyderabad released Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen among others.

The likes of Virat Kohli, Ab De Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal will be seen for RCB this season. While key performers of last season like Devdutt Padikkal and Mohammed Siraj have also been retained, Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch and England all-rounder Moeen Ali along with South Africa’s Chris Morris have been shown the door.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Delhi Capitals will look to make certain adjustments to come back even stronger in IPL 2021 and has decided to part ways with Jason Roy, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma and Daniel Sams. Kolkata Knight Riders have also decided to part ways with flamboyant English opener Tom Banton after buying him in IPL 2019 auction pool. Delhi Capitals have traded pacer Daniel Sams and all-rounder, Harshal Patel, to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai Indians have released the likes of Lasith Malinga and Sherfane Rutherford