Who can replace Smith and Warner in IPL 2018?
The ban of Steve Smith and David Warner from IPL 2018 means Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to find their replacements soon. The duo were retained this season by their respective franchises and now they need to act quick to bring in players with solid experience and calmness. Let's have a look as to which players could come in for them.
England's Joe Root for Steven Smith
Joe Root is the first name that comes to the mind as the ideal candidate to replace Smith. Root, like Smith is a part of the special 'Fab Four', and has leadership skills. He could come in at Smith's number 3 position and dictate the play besides guiding youngsters. His stature will be of a big help to the Royals dugout.
Hashim Amla could be a steal for SRH
420 IPL runs in 2017 for KXIP and Amla was still overlooked in the auction this year. One's got to be joking! But now there is a chance for SRH to make the move and get the South African a well-deserved spot in IPL 11. He is the right candidate, given he can open the innings as well. Amla's calmness would compliment Dhawan's aggression.
Martin Guptill, Alex Hales too are good options
Martin Guptill, the king of modern day T20I batting, is also a handy choice for SRH. He could open the innings and give the side the whirlwind start. The in-form player would have the backing of Kane Williamson too. Meanwhile, Alex Hales could come in for Smith. A talented player; Hales is an ideal T20 batsman and can open the innings as well.