IPL: Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals against Delhi Capitals

With Steven Smith returning to Australia to join the national team, Rajasthan Royals has decided to hand over the responsibility of captaining the side to Ajinkya Rahane.

Ajinkya Rahane has been handed the responsibility to captain Rajasthan Royals in its last IPL home fixture against Delhi Capitals.   -  AP

Rajasthan Royals has decided to bring back Ajinkya Rahane as the captain for the side's last Indian Premier League (IPL) group fixture against Delhi Capitals.

With Steven Smith returning to Australia to join the national team, Rajasthan Royals has decided to hand over the responsibility of captaining the side to Rahane even though he was removed as captain a couple of weeks ago.

Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket at Rajasthan Royals said, “Jinks has always been a great guiding force for the team.

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We have requested Ajinkya to take on the captaincy of the team; as a true Royal he has shown great courage and character in graciously accepting the responsibility, which accompanies this role, whilst it would have been easier for him to take a back seat and focus solely on his batting.

A true team man and a true Royal, we are extremely fortunate to have characters like him playing this sport and even prouder he is part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise.”