Steve Smith's preparation for IPL 2020

Australia batsman Steve Smith is preparing for the Indian Premier League, which is planned to be held in the UAE. He is the captain of the IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals.

Even though BCCI got the window to host the IPL 2020 in September-November this year in the account of the T20 World Cup Postponement, having the tournament in India could have been possible because of the increasing caseload of the Covid-19 cases in India.

As of late, Smith handled inquiries from journalists during the dispatch of Rajasthan Royals’ in the background narrative. On being asked how he would be approaching the competition, Smith said that an expert cricketer needs to adjust to any conditions.

“Conditions in Dubai can be similar to what you get in India or it can be different, it’s about adapting on the run to what the condition suits,” Smith said as quoted by Times of India.

The right-handed all-rounder Smith expressed that as the IPL in 2014 was held in Dubai, so some of the players have experience of playing there.

However, he expressed disappointment at the fact that this time the tournament is not taking place in India. The Rajasthan Royals skipper said that they would have loved to play here.

Before the IPL 2020, Australia is going to play a three-match ODI and T20I series against England. The series between the two sides are slated to begin from September 4 and it will conclude four days before the commencement of the IPL.

In the series, Smith will be playing against some of his Rajasthan Royals teammates – Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Jofra Archer – and he hopes that the trio would not score too many runs or take too many wickets against them.

Steve Smith Batting Stats in IPL From 2012

Mat No Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s CT ST
2012 15 5 362 47* 40.22 267 135.58 0 0 24 14 10 0
2013 7 3 159 41 39.75 132 120.45 0 0 15 4 4 0
2014 10 3 147 48* 36.75 110 133.63 0 0 13 4 9 0
2015 14 1 293 79* 26.63 221 132.57 0 2 33 3 7 0
2016 8 1 270 101 45 176 153.4 1 0 27 8 2 0
2017 15 3 472 84* 39.33 387 121.96 0 3 38 12 7 0
2019 12 2 319 73* 39.87 275 116 0 3 30 4 3 0
Total 81 18 2022 101 37.44 1,568 128.95 1 8 180 49 42 0

 

Also read: IPL 2020 in UAE, Four Coronavirus Tests, Bio-Secure Bubble and Other Covid-19 Protocols

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