Yes, it’s official now, Smith and Warner were banned for one year from Australian cricket, on the other hand, Cameron Bancroft has a ban of nine months.
To add to their misery, Rajiv Sukhla, IPL commissioner gave an official note to the media that “The franchises will get replacements for the players as they (David Warner and Steve Smith) will not be allowed to play this year”. So now we have 2 key players for their respective teams to wait for another season to start.
Rajasthan strength is batting. I feel they again don’t need to go for a batsman ..With Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Benjamin Stokes, Jos Buttler, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny they have a decent attack even in lower order too.
They should be concerned with their pace and spin. They have only one 140+ bowler in the name of Jofra Archer.But with Benjamin Stokes , Jaydev Unadkat , Dhawal Kulkarni , archer they have pace attack which can do a good job.
Their spin is weaker filled with inexperience. Krishnappa Gowtham is inexperienced, Zahir Khan Pakteen the Afghanistan spinner is playing his first season and he lacks experience too.
Best replacement for Rajasthan Royals:
Zampa: The Australian spinner worked like a charm for Pune. He was wicket-taking bowler and can be used as attacking option. He is the best option who can bring a lot of balance.
Samuel Badree: The Windies spinner picked a hat trick last season. He can bowl even in Powerplay overs too. He is a very attacking bowler and never disappoints.
Ish Sodhi: The kiwi spinner is a revelation now. Changing the match with his match-winning performances. With his success in Indian conditions, he can be a handy option for Royals.
Now Coming to the question I think that SRH has decent Captain options like Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan but by looking at the stats one won’t go for Shikhar surely and they will give Captaincy to Williamson. Their batting was heavily reliant on warner. They should go with a reliable quality batsman, unlike a slogger. .They need a good opening batsma n,who can be a captain also if needed. If needed, they can take a player who can captain the team in the middle order also. Then Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson can open the batting.
Best replacement for Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Shaun marsh: He was often termed as asian conquerer by cricket media for his success in asian conditions. He waa s reliable batsman and a very good player of spin . He can be a replacement for Warner .
Johnny bairstow: The English wicket keeper batsman is in red hot form. He is one of the few English batsman who countered the indian spin very well . He is a livewire in the field . He can be a quality backup for Saha also , if he loses his form.
Lendl Simmons: He was one of the consistent performer in ipl. Though he is not as destructive as a warner , but he scores aa t decent pace . He is very consistent.