IPL 2019: 3 players who can replace Steve Smith

IPL 2019: 3 players who can replace Steve Smith

Smith is likely to be ruled out of the tournament due to an elbow injury.

James Neesham

James Neesham
James Neesham. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The hard-hitting all-rounder from New Zealand has struck golden form at the moment. In the first ODI against Sri Lanka, the left-handed batting all-rounder blasted his way to an imperious 47 off 13. He followed it up with a well-paced 64 off 37 and looked absolutely on song with the willow throughout the series. Neesham can chip in with a couple of overs every now and then and his death-bowling skills are enough to save those extra 10-15 runs.

The 28-year-old Kiwi international would like the small grounds in India and the pitches easy to bat on, suited to his style of play. Rajasthan Royals would be a force to reckon with if James is roped in as the replacement of Steve Smith. Neesham has only played four matches for Delhi Daredevils, now Capitals, back in 2014.

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