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A Brief on the Rajasthan Royals – The Pink City’s challenge for the Gold

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Replenish your stock of snacks and recharge your television packs. It’s only a day to go for the biggest cricketing festival of India. Today, we will have a look at the team which won the inaugural edition of the IPL under the leadership of the Australian spin legend, Shane Warne. The team from the pink city, the Rajasthan Royals. The team defeated the Chennai Super Kings to clinch the title in 2008.

Rajasthan Royals
(Image Source: Twitter) Rajasthan Royals

However, after that, the team was never able to clinch a single title. The main reason was that the team lacked either balance or experience through the years. Let’s analyse what the Rajasthan Royals have in store this year:

The Opening Pair:

The Royals have many possible combinations for an opening pair. However, the most likely combination will be Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Jaiswal has been phenomenal with the bat in the U-19 WC 2020 for India, scoring over 400 runs and being declared Man of the Series. He was bagged for a whopping 2.4 crore rupees by the Rajasthan Royals. Either of Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra or Jos Buttler can partner him. Any of the pair would give RR a right-hand/left-hand opening combination.

Sanju Samson Rajasthan Royals
(Image Source: Twitter) Sanju Samson

The Middle Order:

There are plenty of options in the middle order for the Royals. Steve Smith will play at position 3. Considering that Samson and Jaiswal will open, Smith will be followed by the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Manan Vohra and David Miller with a slight chance of Robin Uthappa also being included in the playing 11. Shreyas Gopal batting at number 8 is also a possibility because he is an all-rounder. There is also a probability that Shreyas Gopal will play instead of David Miller in case the Royals want to include an overseas bowler in their squad. Jos Buttler will definitely keep the wickets for the Royals. In his absence, Sanju Samson is the replacement keeper available.

Steve Smith Rajasthan Royals
(Image Source: Twitter) Steve Smith

The Bowling Department:

Mayank Markande Rajasthan Royals
(Image Source: Twitter) Mayank Markande

The spin attack will be led by Mayank Markande and Shreyas Gopal. Markande has impressed with the bowl in the past with MI and will be included in the playing XI by the Royals. There are plenty of options in the pace department. Varun Aaron, Ankit Rajpoot, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat and Oshane Thomas are the six good options. If the Royals choose 3 overseas players in their batting department then either of Jofra Archer, Tye or Thomas can be included in the playing XI. With Tye taking a 4-wicket haul for the KXIP and belonging to the same country as Steve Smith, he might break into the playing XI. Varun Aaron and Jaydev Unadkat will play. However, poor bowling economy has been the issue for both. Unadkat has proven to be a huge waste of money for RR last year, with an economy of over 10.00, even after being the most expensive buy of that season. Even Varun Aaron does not have impressive bowling stats. His bowling economy is also close to 9.00.

Overall, the team lacks balance. The bowling department is going to be a huge problem for the Royals. They will have to make that up by consistently posting huge totals on the board. However, cricket is a game of surprises and we never know how things will unfold. Until then, stay tuned.

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