Steve Smith, Rajasthan Royals captain, has lamented on the fact that his side has not been able to unleash the best version of themselves in the past two games but the champion Australian batsman is confident that the Royals will bounce back in the upcoming fixture against Mumbai Indians.
Rajasthan Royals got off to a brilliant start to their 2020 IPL campaign as they notched up impressive wins in their opening two games in Sharjah. But the Steve Smith-led unit has since then failed to acclimatize to the conditions in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, leading to consecutive defeats in their past two games against Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Following back-to-back defeats, the Royals have slipped to the 4th spot in the points table.
“The last two games haven’t gone to plan for us after what was a really good start to the tournament. But I guess that’s the way T20 cricket goes sometimes. We haven’t played our best games in our last two and have been outplayed by the opposition on both occasions. It’s about regrouping and moving forward now, trying to get better and get some wins on the board in the coming games,” Steve Smith said in the franchise’s official release.
“Hopefully I’m able to score a few runs tomorrow”- Steve Smith
The Royals fortunes have mirrored Steve Smith and Sanju Samson’s batting form in the IPL thus far. In both the games that RR won, skipper Smith spearheaded the batting-unit along with Sanju Samson by scoring back-to-back half-centuries.
Since those two games in Sharjah, not only has the Rajasthan Royals suffered defeats, Smith also hasn’t been able to cash-in on his form of the first two games. The former Australian captain is, however, confident of turning it around against the Mumbai Indians.
“Hopefully I’m able to score a few runs tomorrow. I’ve missed out on the last two games but that happens. We’ll see which of our players fit in our plans for tomorrow’s match and fit in certain scenarios in the game and try and get the best match-ups for Mumbai,” Steve Smith concluded.
The Royals will lock horns with defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.