Odean Smith
Odean Smith. (Photograph Supply: IPL/BCCI)

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has opined that Punjab Kings (PBKS) ought to substitute West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith with Sri Lanka batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa to stability their aspect properly. To notice, PBKS bagged Odean for INR six crore within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega public sale.

The West Indies all-rounder was adjudged participant of the match in his debut match in opposition to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after his unbeaten knock of 25 runs in simply eight balls. Since then, the 25-year-old has made solely 26 runs. Aside from his four-wicket haul in opposition to five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI), the Jamaican has struggled with the ball as properly.

Odean was additionally the only motive for PBKS’s loss in opposition to GT. The best-arm pacer gave away 19 runs during which Rahul Tewatia smashed him for 2 consecutive sixes and helped Gujarat Titans win off the final ball. Because of this, the South African veteran Smith has mentioned that as a substitute Rajapaksa ought to be given one other probability in enjoying 11 of PBKS.

Rajapaksa can add that worth of a left-hander: Graeme Smith 

“Odean Smith hasn’t been in a position to set the event on fireplace. You’re entering into the stage of the competitors the place you don’t need to be chopping and altering your mixture, however with the inconsistency that Punjab have proven and never all of the gamers have put their palms up, they have to have a look at the choices that may strengthen the group,” Smith was quoted as saying to Cricket.com.

“And I like the choice of Rajapaksa. If he can add that worth of a left-hander, Punjab shall be much more balanced,” he added.

To notice, the left-handed batter has performed three video games in IPL 2022 and has amassed 83 runs at an honest common of 27.6 and an enormous strike price of 230.5. Nevertheless, the Sri Lankan batter was dropped forward of PBKS’ conflict in opposition to the defending champions. Speaking about his numbers in T20 cricket, Rajapaksa has performed 108 matches and has scored 1995 runs.

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