Steve Smith, former Australian skipper and the current captain of the Rajasthan Royals, has joined his team members ahead of the inaugural champions opening game of the 2020 season.
Rajasthan Royals will kickstart their 13th season of the IPL against three-time winners, Chennai Super Kings, on September 22. Smith, who will be spearheading the Royals in a full season for the very first time, expressed his excitement at joining his teammates ahead of the upcoming season.
“Good to be back here in Dubai with the Royals. Obviously, would have loved to be in India but there are circumstances that we cannot control. Everyone has done a great job to get this tournament up and running. I am excited to be here with the boys,” Steve Smith said in a video posted by Rajasthan Royals.
Steve Smith’s Ashes rival Jos Buttler will miss the opening game of the Rajasthan Royals
Meanwhile, swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman, Jos Buttler, will miss the opening game of the season due to quarantine. The English swashbuckler confirmed the same in a video posted by the Royals on their official Instagram account.
Buttler also admitted that he is really looking forward to the upcoming edition of the IPL. The right-hander has been a vital cog in the Rajasthan Royals batting-unit since he started opening the innings in 2018.
“I am really looking forward to the Indian Premier League (IPL). Obviously, I had some cricket with England this summer which has been nice to get outside and play again. Exciting to see IPL getting started last night, Chennai getting a win. Sam Curran hitting a couple of sixes that was good to watch. I have been telling Tom (Curran) to hit more sixes for the Royals than Sam does for Chennai,” Buttler said.
“Unfortunately, I am going to miss the first match because I am gonna be under my quarantine period as I am here with my family. It is great that Royals have allowed me to have my family here,” he added.