'Keep Smith Away From Leadership Group' Twitter Erupts As Ajinkya Rahane Is Made Captain

With Rahane as captain, only time will tell how beneficial he is to the Rajasthan Royals scheme of things.

Amidst all that is happening around Steve Smith and ball tampering, Rajasthan Royals has acted quickly in making Ajinkya Rahane the captain for IPL 2018 following the sacking of Smith. Smith was party to the ball tampering during the 3rd Day of the 3rd Test against South Africa, where cameras spotted Cameron Bancroft using sand dust paper to rough up one side of the ball to allow it to reverse swing. Smith and Bancroft admitted to their guilt during the press conference and it was understood that Bancroft was following Smith’s orders and that the top management was hand in glove with the incident.

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Earlier, Cricket Australia had asked Smith to step down as captain following the incident and made Tim Paine the stand-in captain. Australia has already lost the Test, but the ball-tampering episode is not going to douse anytime soon. ICC and Cricket Australia have launched a probe as this is not the first time Australia has cheated under Smith. A sprinkling of ex-players has said that ball-tampering is rife at all levels of the game and that nobody can plead ignorance.

So keeping all these developments in mind, Rajasthan Royals did not want to get into any controversy before the tournament starts. Hence, it is a judicious decision to sack Smith and name Ajinkya the captain.

Here is how Twittersphere reacted on Rahane taking over.

With Rahane as captain, only time will tell how beneficial he is to the Rajasthan Royals scheme of things.

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