In a first ever move of it’s kind, the Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals are set to announce their team captain for IPL 2018 season on television (TV). The Rajasthan franchise are returning to the Indian T20 League after the infamous two-year spot-fixing ban, and are making sure there is no stone unturned, as they are also holding training camps for the Indian players in the squad, to get them ready before IPL 2018 kickoff.
First ever move in Indian Premier League
Rajasthan Royals have equipped themselves quite well for the IPL 2018 season. After having retained Australia cricket stalwart and captain Steve Smith for INR 12.5 crore ahead of the player auction, the franchise went on to buy some of the most expensive players of the 2018 Indian Premier League season; Ben Stokes (INR 12.5 crore), and Jaydev Unadkat (INR 11.5 crore), among others. (READ: Complete Rajasthan Royals squad for IPL 2018)
In addition to all the star power in the franchise, Rajasthan Royals will be mentored by the Australian cricket legend, Shane Warne for IPL 2018 season.
Rajasthan Royals IPL 2018 Captain to be announced on Star Sports
The Rajasthan based franchise have chosen none other than the official broadcasters of the 2018 Indian Premier League cricket matches – Star. It will be the first time that an Indian Premier League franchise will announce their cricket squad’s captain on television.
What is noteworthy here, is the fact that Rajasthan Royals are spoilt for choices in the department of captaincy, as they have more than a couple probable captain materials in; Steve Smith, who currently captains the Australia Test team, Ajinkya Rahane, who has captained Team India and is currently the vice-captain, and Ben Stokes, who has been a successful vice-captain of the England cricket team.
As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, team mentor Shane Warne spoke about how important the captaincy issue is in cricket, and said,
“The captain plays an important role as there are players coming from different countries and he needs to bring them all together. A captain is instrumental to create a culture within the team wherein every one gels with each other on and off the field.”
“We indeed have some great choices- the likes of Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith who bring leadership values with them. Jos Buttler too has capabilities to lead a team.”