Their <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2019-200997/">IPL 2019</a> campaign hanging by a thread, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Rajasthan-Royals">Rajasthan Royals</a> have sacked <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Ajinkya-Rahane/news">Ajinkya Rahane</a> as the captain. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Steve-Smith/news">Steve Smith</a> will lead the inaugural champions for the remainder of the season. <p></p> <p></p>Under Rahane, RR have managed to win just two of their eight matches so far and are languishing at the seventh spot in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2019-200997/points-table/">points table</a>. Their victories have come against fellow bottom-dwellers Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. <p></p> <p></p>In a statement an hour before their return fixture against MI at Jaipur on Saturday, RR made the announcement saying the franchise is looking to approach the tournament with a fresh perspective. <p></p> <p></p>"Steve has always been part of the leadership team within RR and Rahane will continue to be a key voice in the side, therefore the Royals see this as a small restructuring process to secure the results required to move up the table," the statement read. <p></p> <p></p>Under Rahane, who was named captain last season after Smith skipped the 2018 edition following his involvement in ball-tampering scandal, RR made the playoffs but have failed to replicate that performance so far. <p></p> <p></p>"Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal. He led the team to the play offs in 2018 in a very challenging scenario and that will go down as one of the great comebacks of the IPL. He remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve," Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals, said. <p></p> <p></p>He added, "Steve is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world, in all formats of the game. We are confident he can lead the Royals to success."