Steve Smith leads the RR in the last two seasons where he scored 319 runs off playing 12 matches in the 2019 IPL and 311 runs off the 2020 IPL season. After he failed to fill the need of him as a super striker RR released Steve Amith ahead of IPL 2021 Auction.
At INR 2.2 crore, Delhi Capitals did a very smart business to acquire the services of Smith for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League which is expected to start from the second week of April.
Why RR release Steve Smith in IPL 2021 auction
Rajasthan Royals posted a video on their Twitter account, where they discuss the 2021 IPL Auction strategy which includes releasing smith, scouting youngsters, and auction simulations.
“The release of Steve Smith was purely based on the fact that we were looking at a new leader; an Indian leader who could take us well into the future,” Zubin Bharucha, the strategy, development and performance director of the Rajasthan Royals said in the video.
After releasing Smith, Rajasthan announced that young India wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson will lead the team in the upcoming season.
Releasing Smith ✔️
Scouting youngsters ✔️
Auction simulations ✔️
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) February 27, 2021
In the video, Rajasthan Royals COO claims that having Smith at 12.5 crores doesn’t quite make sense for the franchise.
“I think we’re going for a rebalancing of the side which you’ll see coming out of this auction, and so, having Steve there at 12.5 crores doesn’t quite make sense to the balance of our auction purse,” the Royals COO Jake Lush McCrum added.
Meanwhile, after doing some serious business in the IPL 2021 Auction, Rajasthan Royals parted ways with their head coach Andrew McDonald. Both parties mutually agreed “to move in different directions with regards to the leadership structure”.
Royals include former Zimbabwe cricketer Trevor Penney in the camp as the lead assistant coach for the upcoming season.
Rajasthan Royals(RR) final Squad for IPL 2021
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Akash Singh, Kuldip Yadav, Liam Livingston, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag.