Steve Smith: Captain of Rajasthan Royals

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Steve Smith is an Australian international cricketer and is the captain of Australia team in all the three formats and now according to the news, Steve Smith is the captain of the IPL team Rajasthan Royals as well. There is a list of records in his name under the banner of IPL in previous seasons. Analytical breakdown of Steve Smith IPL career and list of records follows the blog:

Steve Smith started his IPL career with the team Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL season 2010 and was later bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011 for $200,000 but Steve Smith was not able to play that season as to undergo an ankle operation.

Steve Smith went unsold for season 2012 as Kochi Tuskers Kerala was dropped from the IPL and he was put in an auction but was not able to make a place in any of the team. Later on, Steve Smith was bought by Pune Warriors as a replacement of Mitchell Marsh and scored good runs and was awarded as the man of the match.

In 2014 IPL season Steve Smith was bought by Rajasthan Royals for $600,000 and Smith was given the captaincy of the team for half a season and Steve Smith led the team to good victories and ensured a place in the playoffs as well.

In 2016 season Steve Smith was bought by new franchise Rising Pune Supergiant’s for the same price Steve Smith baffled in the beginning but later on produced good cricket and played an important role in the team and after the axing of MS Dhoni from Supergiant’s Steve Smith was given the captaincy of the team for IPL season 2017.

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Steve Smith has played 69 matches in all and scored 1703 runs by facing 1293 balls on the board studded with 5 fifties and 1 century calculating an average of 37.02.

Steve Smith took 37 catches in all with a maximum of 3 in any match of the IPL.

Steve Smith played 23 matches as a captain of the team and won 16 matches and losing only 7 matches which prove his captaincy ability.

Steve Smith is awarded 4 times player of the match over the IPL seasons.

Steve Smith was caught out 27 times which is 58.7% of the total in all dismissal.

Jadeja has dismissed Steve Smith 4 times which are maxed by any IPL player.

Steve Smith is good in batting at no 3 and scored 953 runs in 28 innings with a strike rate of 133.29.

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Steve Smith has played the maximum of 12 matches against RCB and has scored 252 with a strike rate of 129.23 and 48 as the high score on the board.

Steve Smith has made 341 runs in 10 innings studded with a high score of 84* against MI which is maximum against any IPL team.

Steve Smith has a high score of 101 runs in 54 balls against Gujarat Lions and is his highest against any IPL team.

Steve Smith has played 22 matches in the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium and has scored 647 runs with 6 not out and one century 2 fifties and an average of 43.13.

Steve Smith has taken 10 catches out of 37 in total in the same stadium which is the highest number in any of the Stadium where he played.

IPL 2017 season was very good for the Steve Smith as he scored 471 runs in 15 innings with a strike rate of 121.96 calculating an average of 39.33 studded with a highest of 84*.

Steve Smith has a strike rate of 153.41 in IPL 2016 season which was his highest strike rate in any of the seasons in the whole IPL era.

Steve Smith has played 24 matches with Rajasthan Royals scoring 440 runs with a high score of 79* and possessing a strike rate of 132.93 with 2 fifties and 4 not out.

Steve Smith playing with Rising Pune Supergiant scored 742 runs in 23 matches with a strike rate of 131.79 with one century, three fifties and a highest of 101 on the board.

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