Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith have arrived in the UAE & received a special welcome by his franchise Rajasthan Royals.
RR will have Steve Smith in the midst of the tournament & they are very much excited. Smith waved at his fans from his hotel room & Rajasthan have that tweet pinned on their Official Twitter handle. On Arrival in the UAE, Smith was scanned using a digital thermometer & unsurprisingly the reading on the device read “GOAT”. Rajasthan Royals know how to welcome their Captain & one of the best batsmen in the World. Smith arrived directly from the UK where Australia’s ODI against England ended & Smith is currently in Quarantine.
Smith has scored 319 runs from 12 matches for RR last season but the 2008 Champions would expect returns matching the 2016 season when Smith scored 270 runs from just eight matches at an average of 45 and a strike rate of 153.40.
Besides Smith, RR also have players like Jos Butler & Jofra Archer in the middle of the tournament who have also landed from the UK after finishing their series against Australia. Ben Stokes is also expected to arrive in the UAE. He was given leave on compassionate grounds from the England set-up, too, to spend time with his ailing father in his country of birth, New Zealand. Rajasthan will face CSK in their first IPL 2020 match on September 22 on the grounds of Sharjah.