Rajasthan Royals (RR) have dropped Ajinkya Rahane in favour of Steven Smith at the helm of the things for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Meanwhile, Rajasthan is currently in the seventh spot in the points table and will look to script a turnaround from here.

With six losses from eight games, it is now now-or-never for the Rajasthan Royals as they face three-time champions Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 20 (Saturday). Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bowl first as they look to script a turnaround in the remaining games. Meanwhile, they will miss the service of their start batsman Jos Buttler who has returned to the country due to the birth of his child.

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Smith to lead Rajasthan

Steven Smith will look to bring in all his experience and bring the best out of the team. Rajasthan Royals have played good cricket in this season but has failed to seal the game in the crunch moments. They will be desperate to finish off the proceeding this time around against Rohit Sharma & Co.

Zubin Bharucha on their official website said the Ajinkya Rahane will be a true Royal despite not being the skipper of the side. Moreover, he also added the Rahane will still be a crucial member of the leadership team and will offer his brain to Steven Smith whenever required.

Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal. He led the team to the playoffs in 2018 in a very challenging scenario and that will go down as one of the great comebacks of the IPL. He remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve,” Zunin Bharucha said.

Praising Steven Smith, Bharucha said that he is one of the most successful skippers in the world across the formats. He also sounded confident that the former Australia skipper will lead them to success in the remaining games of this edition.

Steve is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world, in all formats of the game. We are confident he can lead the Royals to success,” he added.

Rajasthan now have six more games including the ongoing game against Mumbai Indians to rectify their mistakes from the start of the season and make a historic comeback.