Steven Smith to leave IPL after RCB game on April 30
Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith will be leaving the lucrative Indian Premier League after his team’s fixture against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) scheduled to be held on April 30. The summer’s showpiece event is just a month away and Smith feels it is important for him to join the Australian team for World Cup preparation.
After his team’s recent win over Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Steven Smith at the post-match presentation ceremony confirmed that he will be departing India in order to go home and start ideal preparations for the marquee event.
Rajasthan Royals have just started to gain momentum in the team but Steven Smith will be leaving soon. Royals will also miss the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the remaining three games as the England players will join their national side in the training camp for the forthcoming World Cup to held from May 30.
“We lose a few players now. Jofra and Stokesy (Stokes) are off tonight, they go back to England now – two big holes to fill. I am here for 13 games. After the Bangalore one, I’ll be heading back. Hopefully, I can contribute and see if we can get a few more wins,” said Smith.
“We made it difficult for ourselves. We lost too many wickets in the middle section after a good start. Riyan Parag is an impressive young man. He played a very composed knock like a seasoned campaigner. There were great contributions from Gopal and Archer too,” Smith said.
“Varun Aaron was exceptional with the new ball,” Smith added while praising Aaron who bowled really well, ending with the spell of (2/20).