Smith to lead Royals

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Australia captain Steve Smith will lead the Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 Indian Premier League season, the club announced Saturday. Mohammad Kaif, Prashant Chopra and Sanju Samson too graced the event.

In a presser at Mumbai, Australian skipper said, "It's great to be back with the Royals. It's an honour and privilege to be leading Royals and looking forward to working with the King (Shane Warne)".

"Currently that is the plan (to make Smith the skipper), but you always need options", Badale had said during a chat on the eve of the IPL auction last month. I am looking forward to exciting cricket and a successful campaign. Smith will join Australian spin legend Shane Warne, who was announced as the team's mentor earlier this year. Smith was retained by the team management this year. In 2017, Smith played 15 matches and scored 472 runs at an average of 39.33 while leading the side to runners-up finish. He was only 25 when he got was made captain, due to the unavailability of the injured Michael Clarke and Australia's performance under him and his own unfettered stacking up of runs despite the added responsibility, he was viewed as the natural successor to Clarke. "Looking forward to helping him if I can and taking the team forward", Warne said.

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"Smudge has been with the Royals in the past".

Rajasthan Royals will kick-off their IPL season with an away game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9 followed by a home game against Delhi Daredevils on April 11 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Former Team India captain and icon player for KKR in the inaugural season of IPL speaking exclusively on the Star Sports Network, the official broadcaster of VIVO IPL has put his faith on Robin Uthappa as a prime captaincy contender for the top job at the Kolkata based franchise.

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