One year ago, Australia batsman Steve Smith was in the news for the ball-tampering fiasco in Cape Town. He had to serve a one-year sanction imposed by Cricket Australia along with compatriots David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
On Monday, his return to cricket was celebrated in India. The former Australian captain, who had a short stint in the Bangladesh Premier League, before an elbow injury cut short is sojourn, took the field in Rajasthan Royals’ first Indian Premier League game against Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Smith, playing for Rajasthan Royals after three years, was a live wire as his franchise was fielding first. He was seen chatting up to the bowlers and fielders. With the bat, he scored 20 off 16 balls before falling to a spectacular catch by K.L. Rahul off Sam Curran in the 17th over.
KL Rahul did not come good with the bat but made up for it with a game-changing catch to dismiss Steve Smith for 19 off 16 balls. He departed at a stage when he held the key for the Royals in the 184 chase. He was sent packing in the 18th over of the match and since his departure, the Royals crumbled.
It was the brilliance of the catch that stunned everyone. It was a full and angling away delivery from Sam Currant to Smith outside off. Smith went for the lofted hit over extra cover but ended up skewing it off the cue end. KL Rahul from long-off covered a lot of miles to his left and never lost the sight of the ball, dived full length and caught it air-borne with two hands.
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