The world may be isolated because of Covid-19 or the coronavirus pandemic, but cricketers around the world have made it clear that they want an Indian Premier League this year, if not immediately. In a conversation with Isham Sodhi in a podcast of the Rajasthan Royals, Captain Steve Smith said the same thing.

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, but we’re hoping that one day we can get an IPL. The two seasons I was captain of the Royal were half a season, Shane Watson gave me the captain position in 2015 and last year, at the end of the season, I suddenly took the captain position. As for the royal family, which has a pretty good team, he said.

Earlier, Joce Buttler, Smith’s teammate at RR, said it was a shame that a lucrative T20 tournament could not take place because of the coronavirus outbreak. IPL 2020 is open until 15.00 hours. April, and the outlook for the near future is also bleak.

Steve Smith on youth in the Rajasthan Royals

Smith is also looking forward to the IPL 2020 performance of the team’s young players, especially wrestler Riyan Paraguay and batter Jashasvi Heisuol. Ryan was 17 when he made his IPL debut with the Royals last year and Smith said he was very impressed with the freedom with which he fought and he remembers the time when he almost fired MS Donny.


Riyan Paraguay. Photo: PTI

A 17-year-old boy wears teddy bears. He failed a bit, but when he started playing, he did it with such freedom and even won several matches with his own racket. It’s quite unusual, I just saw the glee on his face, Smith said as he spoke with RR teammate Isham Sodhi on his Facebook concession page on Tuesday.

He was bowling with Donny’s MS and almost got it out, and a simple smile on his face when he was bowling was so cool. We are very happy to have good young players.

Smith also said he was looking forward to the season. Last year Heisuol took part with great enthusiasm in the world championship under 19 when he set a record with his two-tone performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He then stormed to the World Championship and became the top scorer of the tournament.

Hasuol, he was the best striker in the U19’s and seems to be a quality player. So, with our fingers crossed, we can go through the year and see all this young talent up close, Mr Smith said.