The ejection of Steve Smith and David Warner from the Indian Premier League (IPL) is prone to affect their respective groups adversely, for not solely have been they two well-established leaders, they have been additionally batsmen of uncommon pedigree. Nevertheless, disaster heralds alternative; the brand new captains — Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals) — will hope to usher in a contemporary begin and form their groups with the concepts and rules they encourage.

Williamson and Rahane are each top-quality batsmen in all types of the sport. They’re additionally characters who prioritise the values of fair-play and respect, and are much less demonstrative on the sector.

With the bat, they’ll regulate to varied conditions. Though their Twenty20 profession strike-rate — 118.54 (Rahane) and 118.01 (Williamson) — point out they don’t seem to be hard-hitters within the method of Chris Gayle, they’ll up the ante if wanted.

Their groups may even rely on their captaincy expertise in what’s prone to be a aggressive league.

Who will outshine the opposite on Monday?


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