Rajasthan Royals (RR) have dropped Ajinkya Rahane in favour of Steven Smith at the helm of the things for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With Mumbai winning five of their six matches, Ajinkya Rahane and boys have a tough task in hand.
Smith, 29, will lead the side later on Saturday when the Royals host the Mumbai Indians in Jaipur.
Smith's promotion to the captaincy certainly proved divisive for fans on social media.
However, the time at which the move has come is questionable as Steve Smith will soon leave to be a part of the Australian national team for World Cup preparations.
Ashton Turner made his ODI debut in March but missed out on selection for the Cricket World Cup and the Australian's Twenty20 struggles continued against Mumbai.
Smith and Warner were stripped of their Australia leadership roles after the sandpaper scandal.
Smith has made 186 runs in seven games at 37.20 with 73 being his highest.
Rajasthan will lose Stokes and Archer to England duty later this month - Buttler was also due to leave then - although that could give a chance to Lancashire's Liam Livingstone, who has played just one match so far in his maiden IPL season, scoring one against Mumbai on April 13.
The team management are gambling on Smith boosting confidence to get the side to the play-offs. "We are confident he can lead the Royals to success", he added.
The duo's suspension did not include club games, but IPL's governing council decided not to allow Smith and Warner to compete in last year's tournament to avoid controversy.
Smith stepped down as captain of the IPL side past year and was later stood down for the entire 2018 tournament following the ball tampering scandal in South Africa, in which both he and David Warner received 12 month bans that expired last month.