‘Complete team’ Rajasthan Royals will be hard to beat in IPL 2024: Steve Smith

Written by Praveen CA

Steve Smith feels that Rajasthan Royals do look like the most complete team in the IPL this season and would be ones who could be tough to beat. RR got a fine start to their campaign when they beat the Lucknow Super Giants in their opening match of the season by 20 runs. The Royals will now welcome Rishabh Pant and Delhi Capitals to the Sawai Mansingh stadium for their next match.

The Aussie star pointed out to the spin duo of R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal along with openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler to be the main players for the Jaipur-based side.

“Home teams are winning at the moment. I am not ready for them to break the trend just yet. They look the complete team this year. They have got all the bases covered. Their spinners, I’m really keen to watch again. Chahal and Ashwin are outstanding. The two guys up top are potentially the two most destructive in the IPL. If they get going and have an incredible season, they will be hard to beat,” said Smith.

Smith would also talk about Sanju Samson, who led from the front during their win over LSG. Samson has had a tendency to have a great start at the beginning of an IPL season and then taper off towards the end.

Smith feels that this could be weighing in on Samson this time around but admitted the RR skipper does look to be in a good space at the moment.

“He played beautifully, got them the win. He seems to be playing well, looks to be in a very good place. He looks comfortable. He is striking the ball really well. I think his captaincy was outstanding and he would want to continue that form.”

“His seasons in the past have tapered off a bit in the end, and that will be weighing on his mind. To keep that standard up and leading from the front,” said Smith.

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