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Rajasthan will be starting with a clean slate or so they will hope after the blot of the spot-fixing scandal of last season. Last edition was Rahul Dravid’s farewell year in top-flight cricket. He is the team mentor while Shane Watson will lead.
Smith, a smart buy
Rajasthan have spent judiciously in the auction and at Rs 4 crore all-rounder Steve Smith could prove to be a smart buy. The Australian provides the balance with his batting, bowling and fielding.
David Warner, Aaron Finch and captain Shikhar Dhawan may not be as dangerous as Gayle, Kohli and Yuvraj but their combined firepower cannot be discounted. Darren Sammy, who has grown into a fine finisher, will ensure that the side bats deep.
Watch out for Rasool
Parvez Rasool is the only player from Jammu and Kashmir to play in the IPL. The spin-bowling all-rounder will be keen to prove his mettle.
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