Rajasthan Royals are returning to the IPL tournament this year after the two years suspension. Rajasthan Royals are the winners of the very first IPL tournament 2008. The Royals returned to the IPl in royal tradition by grabbing the two costliest players of the IPL auction 2018. Rajasthan bought costliest Indian domestic player Jaydev Unadkat as well as the costliest overseas player Ben Stokes. Earlier Rajasthan was known for good cricket with underrated players.
In this years IPL auction Rajasthan Royals were very aggressive on the bidding table. They were going for everything they wanted. As they bought Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat as the highest paid players in the auction. Now Rajasthan is ready with its captain Steve Smith for this years IPL battle.
Now a look at Rajsthan’s team analysis and see how strong they are looking in this years IPL.
The Retained Players:
As every franchise team of the IPL was allowed to retain its maximum three existing players in the team. But Rajasthan Royals were playing another game this year at the auctions and they only retained Steve Smith with them and secured 3 RTM cards to use in the auction.
Steve Smith has led Rising Pune Supergiants to the final in IPL 2017 and after taking a look at the Rajasthan’s team line-up, he is keen to be next captain as well.
RTM Card Use:
However, Royals were permitted to used their 3 right-to-match cards as they only retained their one existing player. But Rajasthan Royals used their RTM twice only.
The first RTM was used for very reliable Ajinkya Rahane and second RTM was used for veteran bowler Dhawal Kulkarni. Both the players have been the key to their batting and bowling department respectively for so long. This is a good game shown by Royals at the auctions.
The Smart Buys:
Rajasthan grabbed the costliest overseas player and IPL 2017 player of the tournament Ben Stokes. This is a very clever catch by RR. Ben is one man army and he can turn any game in the favour of his team by both, bat and ball. He is one of the best all-rounder available in the game of cricket nowadays.
Rajasthan also grabbed the Mumbai Indians opener, Josh Butler. This is a great call by RR in every aspect. Butler is a very big hitter and one of the best match finisher in modern cricket.
Rajasthan also picked Jaydev Unadkat as the costliest Indian player in the auction. Unadkat used to do a great job for KKR in past few years and he is now a member of Indian T20 squad as well. This is also a good pick by RR.
Rajasthan’s batting is looking very strong as Royals have a strong batting line-up. RR has Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi and looking pretty good at the top order along with steve smith. Both the English stars Buttler and Stokes provide the game-changing capability as the finisher.
RR also has a long line-up of all-rounders led by Australian Big Bash star Jofra Archer. The bench strength of RR is also looking very impressive as they have gathered underrated stars like Stuart Binny and Krishnappa Gowtham.
The pace attack is also one of the major strength of the Royals. Jaydev Undakat will definitely be an asset to the team. Kulkarni and Afghanistan’s young player Zahir Khan is also going to provide variety in the bowling for the team.
The spin attack is a very week point of Rajasthan’s squad. However, RR bought Gowtham, spending a huge amount but he is not an experienced player of international cricket. Apart from him, Rajasthan lacks in this department completely.
Rajasthan this time also invested in many uncapped players like their every auction in IPL. But this time RR is lacking the experience of domestic players who can understand the Indian conditions better. Other than Rahane RR depends on overseas players for the experience of the game.