It seemed unthinkable two weeks ago but it might be time IPL strugglers bench Smith
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He's arguably the best batsman in the world and it seems ridiculous to think about. It seems even more ludicrous to put into words, but is it time for Steve Smith to face the axe?
The Rajasthan Royals captain hit the ground running in the United Arab Emirates, smashing successive half centuries at a strike rate over 160 in his first two matches of the IPL.

Since then Smith has hit a rare form slump, managing to escape single figures only once in his next six innings. Unsurprisingly Smith's lean run of form has coincided with the Royals losing five of their past six matches as well.

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Smith's rotten run of form 1:31

The former Australian captain has looked woefully out of sorts of late, miscuing balls while losing his shape attempting ugly and unnecessary slogs.

His batting woes were typified when he lobbed the simplest of return catches to Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, to depart for just one off four deliveries in his latest outing.

Languishing at seventh on the ladder and in dire need of a reversal in fortune, Rajasthan may seriously need to consider tinkering with their line-up due to the way their team is constructed.

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