Australia captain Steve Smith is excited to be back at Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). Smith had been part of the Rajasthan Royals team in 2014 and 2015, when he led to the playoffs.
In 69 IPL matches, Smith has scored 1703 runs at an average of 37.02 with one century and five half-centuries.
“I am really excited to be standing by the Rajasthan Royals in this season of the IPL. Its a great franchise with great people around. I loved playing for them in the past and I am looking forward to once again joining the team and making a big difference in the IPL this year,” Smith said after getting retained.
He was the captain of the Rising Pune Supergiant team in the last season of IPL and powered his team to the finals of the tournament.
“We welcome Steve Smith on board. His presence will mean a lot to the team as we look forward to a fresh beginning and a successful season. Steve has been with the Royals in the past and has done a fantastic job. His experience and leadership qualities will surely drive the Royals towards putting up a great show”, said Manoj Badale, co-owner, Rajasthan Royals.
While expressing his delight on Twitter, Smith wrote: “Delighted to be retained by the Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2018! Looking forward to marching with the Royals again. Halla Bol and Happy New Year.”