Thank you Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith bids goodbye to IPL 2019Steve Smith will join the Australian squad for the upcoming World Cup after leading the Rajasthan Royals for five games in IPL 2019. No data available! view more view less graphs advertisement India Today Web Desk BengaluruMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 10:26 IST Steve Smith took over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane mid-way through IPL 2019 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith scored 319 runs in 12 matches for RR including 3 half-centuriesSmith, who took over captaincy from Rahane, led RR to 3 wins from 5 gamesSmith joined the Royals after missing IPL 2018 due to his one-year ball-tampering banSteve Smith had a memorable Indian Premier League this season as he made his comeback to the tournament after a one-year gap and immediately made an impact for his franchise, Rajasthan Royals. But the Australian cricketer has to return home now to join his national team’s preparations for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.Steve Smith, who had missed the IPL in 2018 due to his ball-tampering ban, returned to the Royals this season and scored 319 runs in 12 matches at an average of 39.87 which also included three half-centuries.Smith also took over the captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane after the first 8 games due to Rajasthan’s poor record in the initial stage of the tournament this season.The change in leadership made a significant difference for the Royals as they won three matches out of five in which Smith was the captain while their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore got washed out due to rain in Bengaluru on Tuesday.Smith wrote a heartfelt message for his team as he bid adieu to the IPL and Rajasthan Royals.”Thank you @rajasthanroyals for the last 7 weeks. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this ipl and I’m glad to be involved with such a great franchise with so many wonderful people. Good luck in Delhi boys!” Smith wrote on social media.The match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Tuesday night was reduced to five overs per side due to rain which delayed the start by over 3 hours in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers rode on captain Virat Kohli’s 7-ball 25 to post 62 for 7 in 5 overs.They would have got to an even bigger target had it not been for Rajasthan leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal, who took a hat-trick to stem the flow of runs after RCB got off to a flying start scoring 23 runs in the first over bowled by Varun Aaron.The Royals were 41 for one in 3.2 overs when the rain returned to the Chinnaswamy with Sanju Samson (28 off 13) being their top-scorer.The no result keeps Royals mathematically alive in the tournament as they have 11 points from 13 games with one match to go.RCB got a point from the called off game, taking them to nine points from 13 games, ending all their hopes of progressing in the tournament.Also Read | Feels good to take those wickets: Shreyas Gopal after maiden IPL hat-trick vs RCBAlso Read | RCB playoff hopes over after rain ruins thrilling game vs Rajasthan RoyalsAlso Read | RCB vs RR Highlights Score, IPL 2019: Match abandoned due to rain, Bangalore knocked outFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen commentary scorecard
At the core of the discussions on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission which clearly calls for the upholding of democratic rights, including freedom of expression. The National Peace Council, in a statement today, said that the campaign to vilify and incite hatred towards NGOs and human rights activists in the context of the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is of particular concern as it involves the use of the state controlled media. The National Peace Council said it regrets that even while the government is trying to convince the international community that it is committed in both spirit and substance to the recommendations of the LLRC and to upholding universal human rights, certain sections persist in intimidation of the NGOs and human rights activists using the state media.“We are deeply concerned that the background is being created for targeted attacks and that the state-controlled media is being utilized for this purpose in an orchestrated campaign. Incitement of the people is a reckless exercise which may spill over to mindless violence against minorities and those perceived to be enemies which the government may find difficult to restrain once unleashed as in 1983,” the National Peace Council said. Concerns have been raised over a hate campaign launched by the state media against some journalists in the private media as well as human rights workers and NGOs in the country.State owned ITN has, for the past few days, been profiling some journalists and human rights activists saying they are working against the country.