Among players who will attract extra focus at this edition of the IPL will be Australian run-machine Steve Smith.
There had been some talk about an elbow injury, but his captain at Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane, said he was fit and available for selection.
“It is good to have him back at Rajasthan Royals, where he is part of the family,” Rahane said.
Kings XI Punjab’s K.L. Rahul said, “We faltered towards the end of last year and we have learnt from our mistakes.”
He added he was looking forward to batting with Chris Gayle once again. “He is the best T20 player ever.”