New Delhi, April 2: Following the dismissal of Steve Smith from the Rajasthan Royals squad, South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen has been named as the replacement for the Australian in the Indian Premier League 2018.

The South African batsman was picked for INR 50 lakh from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) list.

Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket, Rajasthan Royals said: “We are delighted to have Klaasen onboard. His hard hitting ability with plenty of options against spin makes him dangerous through the middle of an innings. What struck us about Klaasen other than his ability to strike a ball was his inherent hunger to make every opportunity count, this is a good space to be in as a cricketer and batsman. We look forward to working with Klaasen to ensure he has a great career in the IPL.”

Klaasen said: “I am thankful to the Rajasthan Royals for giving me this opportunity and making me part of the squad. It would be my first IPL and in fact my first ever visit to India so I am really excited to be teaming up and sharing the dressing room with some great names. I have made it my mission to ensure my performance makes a large impact for my team in the tournament.”

The 27-year-old recently made his international debut against India in 50-over format and picked up the Man of the Match award in his second ODI. He then made his debut in the shortest format of the game in the following three-match T20I series.