Rajasthan Royals looking to come back with a roar
The Rajasthan Royals team remains one of the biggest mysteries of Indian Premier League to date. When the auctions for the first ever season happened, everybody saw them as the minnows, and the writing on the paper manifested itself on the field very well for the first few matches. They changed their tune and then, shocking everyone, Rajasthan Royals went on a rampage, beating every side one by one. When the tournament ended, RR was the last team standing.
They held the trophy aloft proudly, making sure that all the earlier predictions and speculations about them being the worst team, indeed deserved their place in the trash cans. Today, everyone knows them as the inaugural Champions of the world’s biggest private T20 league.
When you see one team with relatively unknown players come out with such a big boom, you would expect them to live with that gusto for a little bit longer before surrendering. It never happened with the Jaipur based team. Ever since the end of the first season, they have not succeeded in giving the opponents any reason to fear, any reason to look up to them as Champions.
What Rajasthan Royals really is famous for, is making it big without showing off at the start. On very few occasions one would see RR going after the big names of international Cricket. Rahul Dravid was the only exception for them, and that was a long time ago. Yusuf Pathan is one example of such player whose talents were recognized after he played his part in the IPL for the Rajasthan Royals. Only after his firebrand batting was noticed in IPL, did he become a regular member of Team India.
Another noteworthy player is Shane Watson. Today, we all know Shane Watson as a fiery all-rounder and he had been such an important part of the side for Australia for so many years. Little does anyone know that he became a regular fixture for his team after getting recognition in the Indian franchise league.
Main Headline Players in Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018
Sawai Mansingh Stadium remains the home venue for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018. Zubin Bharucha is the Head of Cricket for RR and Sairaj Bahutule has been appointed as spin bowling coach for RR. Australian legend Shane Warne remains a mentor for the RR team.
Steve Smith has been chosen as the new captain for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018. Without a doubt, Smith is the best Test batsman in the world right now; his leadership skills has received praise from all corners. At Rs. 12 crores, he looks to be very reasonably priced, especially considering how much the other big names have cost their owners.
Smith might be the captain, but when it comes to the auctions, someone managed to do even better than him, though very slightly. Ben Stokes has been a blast in the international quarters for the past year and a half. He is priced at a high Rs. 12.5 crores, among the highest for overseas players this season.
Sanju Samson has been a revelation for RR for many years now and the Royals seem to have a lot of faith in him. He is priced at Rs. 8 crores. Whether it’s justified to pay so much to have him will depend on his performance in the season.
Ajinkya Rahane is truly an asset for any IPL team, even if his recent form does not suggest so. Rajasthan Royals will be really happy to have grabbed him at a price of only Rs. 4 crores. When a player of his abilities comes back to form, things will fall into place for the team indeed.
Overall, just like every other time, RR has chosen low-key players. They need good leadership and good team spirit in such situations. With Steve Smith at the helm, it seems they at least have the former. The latter can be developed depending what course of action they follow.
List of Players bought by Rajasthan Royals at IPL 2018 Auction
|Ben Stokes||England||12.5 crores||All-rounder|
|Steve Smith||Australia||12 crores||Batsman|
|Jaydev Unadkat||India||11.5 crores||Bowler|
|Sanju Samson||India||8 crores||Wicket-keeper|
|Jofra Archer||West Indies||7.2 crores||All-rounder|
|Krishnappa Gowtham||India||6.2 crores||Bowler|
|Jos Buttler||England||4.4 crores||Wicket-keeper|
|Ajinkya Rahane||India||4 crores||Batsman|
|D’Arcy Short||Australia||4 crores||All-rounder|
|Rahul Tripathi||India||3.4 crores||Batsman|
|Dhawal Kulkarni||India||75 lakhs||Bowler|
|Zahir Khan||Afghanistan||60 lakhs||Bowler|
|Stuart Binny||India||50 lakhs||All-rounder|
|Ben Laughlin||Australia||50 lakhs||Bowler|
|Dushmantha Chameera||Sri Lanka||50 lakhs||Bowler|
|Aryaman Birla||India||30 lakhs||Batsman|
|Anureet Singh||India||30 lakhs||Bowler|
|Prashant Chopra||India||20 lakhs||Batsman|
|Ankit Sharma||India||20 lakhs||All-rounder|
|Shreyas Gopal||New Zealand||20 lakhs||All-rounder|
|Mahipal Lomror||India||20 lakhs||All-rounder|
|Jatin Saxena||India||20 lakhs||All-rounder|
|Sudheshan Midhun||India||20 lakhs||Bowler|