Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith will reportedly miss their opening match against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday due to an injury. The Australian batsman had sustained a concussion during the limited-overs series against England due to which he missed all three ODIs and T20s. His participation is no subject to clearance from both franchise and Cricket Australia medical team.
Smith’s absence adds to the woes of RR, who will be already be missing Jos Buttler and probably Ben Stokes too. Buttler will no play as he has brought his family with him and will have to undergo the full six-day quarantine. Stokes, on the other hand. is with his father who is unwell in Christchurch.
RR vs CSK IPL 2020 LIVE: Possible replacement for Steve Smith
If Smith is unavailable, it is possible Sanju Samson gets promoted and David Miller plays at No.4 The former Kings XI Punjab captain has played 79 matches and scored nearly two thousand runs at a strike rate of 138.78.
Probable XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith (C)/ David Miller, Sanju Samson (WK), Ben Stokes/ Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal/Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat