Faf Du Plessis probably for the first time is finding himself on the side-lines in the Indian Premier League.

Since the time Du Plessis started featuring in the IPL, he had been in the playing XI most of the time whenever he was available, be it at his previous franchise Chennai Super Kings or at the current one Rising Pune Super Giant.

But, after a change in leadership at RPS this season, the stylish right hander has lost his place in the XI.

Steve Smith, the new skipper who has taken over has not shown as much faith in Du Plessis as the previous skipper MS Dhoni used to show.

Smith has been rather interested in picking those overseas players who can offer something with the ball. (more…)