Steve Smith is back as the full-time captain of Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, and the team has an exciting blend of youth and experience at its disposal.

The Royals think tank bought Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kartik Tyagi and Akash Singh – three of India’s top performers at the Under-19 World Cup held earlier this year. They also roped in Robin Uthappa and David Miller to add depth to the squad, while managing to retain the services of left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat through the auction last year.


Jos Buttler will open the innings, just as he did for the Royals last season, and is likely to have Jaiswal as his partner. Sanju Samson will be the designated No. 3, while the batting positions of Smith, Ben Stokes and Uthappa might remain fluid. Miller will likely fill in as a cover for Stokes, who is yet to confirm his IPL…

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