IPL 2018: Steve Smith Named as Rajasthan Royals skipper

Rajasthan Royals name Steve Smith as skipper for the eleventh edition of IPL

The Rajasthan Royals had quite a few options in their ranks while settling on the name of the skipper and they've chose to appoint Steve Smith as the captain. The two teams have collaborated with Star Sports and will announce their captains live for the first time in IPL's history.

Steve Smith of Rajasthan Royals. After the auction, a number of teams announced their captains but not of all of them have still confirmed their leaders.

Warne said the Royals will continue to play intense cricket.

Smith, on his part, said he is looking forward to work with his legendary countryman Shane Warne.

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"A captain is instrumental to create a culture within the team. It's an honour and privilege to be leading Royals and looking forward to working with the King (Shane Warne)", the right handed batsman was quoted as saying in a media release issued here. We came to the conclusion that Steve Smith would be the ideal candidate for the job. "He is someone who leads the team by example".

However, with Smith occupying one of the "overseas" slots.it'll be hard for Short to enter the playing XI, with Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Archer giving him tough competition. But there exists those too that whose captain's name is still behind the curtain. The KKR have also made a decision to unveil their captain on television and will follow suit Rajasthan Royals. "In the current team, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik are captaincy material". He has filled in as captain for them in seasons past, but was never full-time leader. Sourav Ganguly, who was captain in 2008 and 2010, said the franchise, which did not retain skipper Gautam Gambhir, has limited options.

The first game of the 2018 Indian Premier League will be played on April 7 with three-time champions Mumbai Indians taking on twice winners Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium.

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