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IPL 2019: 2000 up! Steve Smith enters Indian Premier League list

Steve Smith first played the Indian Premier League back in 2012 and he made an impressive start with 362 runs from 15 matches. His breakthrough season came in 2017 after Rising Pune Supergiant sacked MS Dhoni as captain and appointed Smith skipper. He led from the front and scored 472 runs from 15 matches and led RPS to the final.

Steve Smith did not play the 2018 IPL as Rajasthan Royals returned to the IPL after a 2-year suspension. He was banned for a year by Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal and the BCCI did not allow Smith and David Warner to play the IPL.

Steve Smith has so far made 297 runs from 10 matches including 3 fifties but he has been nowhere as successful as David Warner who is the leading scorer in the 2019 IPL and holds the Orange Cap with 574 runs. Like Smith, Warner has also played 10 matches this season.

Rajasthan Royals sacked Ajinkya Rahane as captain and asked Smith to lead as the team sought to revive its campaign.

The move seemed to have worked. Rahane returned to form while Smith thrived with the additional responsibility of the RR captaincy. He failed against KKR but he should be pretty proud of his IPL record overall.

In 79 IPL matches so far, Steve Smith has 2000 runs at an average of 37.73. His only hundred came in 2016 for RPS.

Source: indiatoday.in

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