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Monday, 02 April 2018 - 17:27
South African batting sensation Klaasen joins Rajastan Royals
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Heinrich Klaasen, the South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman, has joined Rajasthan Royals as a replacement for Steven Smith.
 
Smith was banned from playing IPL 2018 because of his role in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test.
 
Klaasen, 26, made his international debut against India in February and was successful in the limited-overs series.
 
He struck 43 off 27 balls to win the pink-day ODI, the biggest limited-overs fixture in the South African calendar.
 
In T20s, he has a strike-rate of 146 after 44 innings and was regarded as one of the few South African players able to cope with the wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. In Centurion, he made 69 off only 30 balls to complete a chase of 189.
 
Royals bought him at his base price of approximately $ 77000.
 
Klaasen remained unsold at the player auction in January.


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