IPL 2020, RR vs CSK: Rajasthan Royals Captain Steve Smith Gears Up For Opening Match In First Net Session. Watch
IPL 2020, RR vs CSK: Steve Smith has cleared his mandatory COVID-19 tests and is available for Rajasthan Royals' first match against Chennai Super Kings.
Steve Smith is the captain of Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals face Chennai Super Kings in their 1st IPL 2020 match
Steve Smith resumed training recently
With Rajasthan Royals (RR) set to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 campaign against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on September 22, captain Steve Smith looks like he is well-prepared for the match, with a confident display in his first net session in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The club took to Twitter to share some highlights from the training session. The video was captioned as, "That balance. That footwork. That timing. How we've missed you cap! #RRvCSK | #HallaBol | #RoyalsFamily | #Dream11IPL | @stevesmith49".
The Australian cricketer joined the Royals camp couple of days ago, and has cleared the mandatory coronavirus tests. In the video, he had an aura of seriousness in him, practicing a few shots, including some big ones. Towards, the end of the video, he even directs a shot to the cameraman, with a grin on his face.
RR face CSK at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. CSK have already played their first match, when they defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) in the season opener.
Royals have won the IPL only once, in 2008. Captain Smith will have an important role to play this season. In his IPL career, he has played in 81 matches, registering 2022 runs with a 101-run highest score.
He also has a strike rate of 128.95. Smith has slammed eight fifties and a ton, packed with 180 fours and 49 sixes.
IPL 2020 has been shifted to UAE due to the rising COVID-19 cases in India. Other than Sharjah, the other venues are Dubai International Cricket Stadium and Sheikh Zayed Stadium.