IPL 2021 Preview: Rajasthan Royals (RR)
The journey of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League has been riddled with dreams, despair, and controversy. The winners of the inaugural edition of the cash-rich league have unearthed quite a few amazing talents in the world of Twenty20 cricket. While they’ve enthralled their fans with a stupendous performance a few times over the course of a single season, the Royals have never been able to match up to their show in the 2008 IPL.
Cricketers like Sanju Samson have risen through the ranks of IPL and have played international white-ball cricket for India. He now has the responsibility of leading this group of youngsters and international stars like Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer in the 2021 season.
The Royals, like many other teams in the league, are hungry for a fresh start and the change in captaincy is one of the steps they’ve taken to get their things sorted this year. The road ahead though looks challenging for the Rajasthan side but they were never a team to give in without a fight. That’s what their ardent supporters can expect from them. Therein lies a chance for you to make the most of it by putting your money on the team in bright pink.
Rajasthan Royals at IPL 2021: The story so far
With three wins from seven games, it hasn’t been a complete disaster so far and if they went on a really good run, they might still make the playoffs. The new skipper for the season Sanju Samson has more than done his bit for the side. Not only has he kept the wicket well and captained the side with maturity and skill but Sanju has also been their best batsman.
Remarkably for a side who’s struggling, they actually have in Samson and Jos Buttler not one but two IPL centurions. It’s hard enough scoring one century in T20 cricket but to have two men who have done it shows they have some real class in their side.
The problem for the Royals is the usual one. There always seem to be three or four men who play out of their skins and the rest don’t really step up to the plate. An example of that is David Miller, who has been one of the best T20 finishers in the game for a decade now but has scored just 102 runs in six games for them this season.
RR paid an absolute fortune to get Chris Morris on board and the South African all-rounder hasn’t disappointed. He has taken 14 wickets in seven matches. It’s only a matter of time before he wins them a game with the bat as he has a knack for getting his team over the line in tough run chases.
Rajasthan Royals at IPL 2021: The story so far
The Royals just can’t catch a break. First Jofra Archer, last year’s IPL MVP was ruled out of the tournament before it even started, thus depriving themselves not only of their best bowler. Then Ben Stokes got injured in the very first match of the tournament and was himself ruled out of it.
So, what’s happened in between? Well, Archer has been sidelined until 2022 as he carries on recovering from injury and will miss the IPL, the T20 World Cup, and the Ashes now. Stokes has taken an indefinite break from cricket as he has decided to deal with some mental health issues.
Jos Buttler’s participation at the IPL is now in doubt after it was announced that his wife is due to give birth around about the time the IPL resumes. So we’ll have to wait and see whether the big-hitting English batsman will play or not.
There is some good news as well. Liam Livingstone has been in excellent form both for England and in The Hundred. He didn’t play a single game for the Royals before the tournament was suspended. But he will surely play now especially given the absences of other overseas players. Rajasthan Royals will need plenty more from him, Samson, Morris, and star bowler Mustafizur Rahman if they’re to make the Playoffs.
Verdict: With two of their best players in Stokes and Archer missing and maybe Buttler as well, this is going to be extremely tough for the Royals. It’s hard to see where the runs are going to come from and they’re considerable outsiders to make the playoffs from here.
Rajasthan Royals betting odds to win IPL 2021
Betway has given Rajasthan Royals odds of 15.00 to win the tournament. It’s worth remembering that Rajasthan did of course win the inaugural edition of the IPL all those years ago but they’ve struggled ever since.
Things are unlikely to change this year and only the most diehard Royals fan would feel they might win it again this season.
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Rajasthan Royals team news
Apart from splurging big on Morris, the Royals also bought Bangladesh’s T20 specialist bowler Mustafizur Rahman (INR 1 crore), big-hitting all-rounder Shivam Dube (INR 4.4 crore), spinner KC Cariappa (INR 20 lakh), left-arm medium-pacer Chetan Sakariya (INR 1.2 crores), England’s batsman Liam Livingstone (INR 75 lakh), left-arm fast bowler Kuldip Yadav (INR 20 lakh) and right-arm medium pacer Akash Singh (INR 20 lakh).
Last season, their bowling looked quite thin with left-armer Jaydev Unadkat’s poor form and this time RR have invested big in Morris, Mustafizur, and a couple of uncapped Indian pacers to come good.
Along with Steve Smith, players like Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Anirudha Joshi, and Shashank Singh were released from their squad ahead of the auction.
Here’s what their team make-up for 2021 looks like:
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Riyan Parag
Chris Morris, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal
Sanju Samson (captain), Jos Buttler, Anuj Rawat
Akash Singh, Andrew Tye, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, KC Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman
Rajasthan Royals Projected XI
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat
Rajasthan Royals: TEAM Strengths
Buttler, Samson, Stokes will be RR’s engine room when it comes to batting. Youngsters like Jaiswal, Lomror, and Parag can chip in with good innings as well. They’ve bolstered their big-hitting resources in the middle order with the likes of Morris, Dube. Of course, the world knows what Tewatia is capable of with the bat.
In the bowling department too, they’ve strengthened up with Archer getting support from Morris and even Mustafizur if needed. Leg spin is their mega strength with three in their armory via Gopal, Tewatia, and Markande.
Rajasthan Royals: TEAM Weaknesses
Due to their overreliance on overseas recruits, the Indian players can look raw, in both batting and bowling departments. Apart from Samson, they don’t have a standout special batsman like Rahane or Uthappa whom they have had in the past to lend batting experience in IPL pressure situations.
Hence, they better hope the foreign players have a good season for them to be successful.
Rajasthan Royals IPL history and record
What You Can Expect From Rajasthan Royals Betting in IPL 2021?
Rajasthan Royals have traditionally been called the ‘moneyball’ team of the IPL due to their meager spending on players reaping rich dividends over the years. This year though, they seem desperate to remove all such notions about them. They’ve banked heavily on their foreign players who will be hungry to put their best foot forward.
In such a scenario don’t be surprised if the unheralded Indian players stand up and are counted. That’s when the money invested in them could turn out to be a windfall for all who made a punt on them.
Rajasthan Royals Fast Facts
- Owners: Manoj Badale, Amisha Hathiramani, Lachlan Murdoch
- Founded: 2008
- Director of Cricket: Kumar Sangakkara
- Brand Ambassador and mentor: Shane Warne
- Assistant coach: Trevor Penny
- Team Liason and spin consultant: Ish Sodhi
- Batting coaches: Amol Muzumdar, Siddartha Lahiri
- Spin bowling coach: Sairaj Bahutule
- Fast bowling coach: Rob Cassell
- Home ground: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
- Secondary home ground: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
RAJASTHAN ROYALS: HISTORY
In a tournament, where teams from big cities signed top players of that time, Rajasthan Royals didn’t have a starry line-up to boast on. But they stunned the top teams to clinch the inaugural IPL title in 2008. After a glorious group campaign in the league stage, the final went down to the last ball as Rajasthan beat Chennai by three wickets. Nobody had thought side made up with Shane Warne, Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan and most of the youngsters will emerge champions, beating MS Dhoni-led team in the final. Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir won the Purple Cap for most wickets (22). His performance of six for 14 against Chennai is still the second-best performance in IPL. With the title victory in IPL, things were looking bright for the Royals.
Rajasthan soon became a popular satta option in the IPL markets. However, fans would have to wait for another five years before the team made the playoffs once again. 2013 was the year when Rajasthan made it out of the groups with Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, and Sanju Samson all in the runs.
It wasn’t always a positive tournament for Rajasthan with three players, including Indian international Sreesanth, arrested for spot-fixing. The issue came back to haunt the franchise when they were banned for two years from 2016 for their part in match-fixing and corruption.
Following their suspension, though, Rajasthan came back strongly in 2018 and announced Steve Smith as their captain. The two-year gap seemed to have done no damage to the team, as with a young squad, they made it through to the final eliminator. However, they crashed out of the tournament, losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by 25 runs.
WHO ARE THE OWNERS OF THE RAJASTHAN ROYALS?
Renowned Indian businessmen Manoj Badale, OBE, and Ranjit Barthakur jointly own the Rajasthan Royals. Both men in charge are familiar faces at the Rajasthan Royals matches.
Manoj Badale is the co-founder of Blenheim Chalcot, and chairman of the British Asian Trust, while Ranjit Barthakur is the founder of Global Management Services. They have invested heavily in the Royals and will be looking for a productive campaign in 2020.
WHICH IS THE HOME GROUND OF RAJASTHAN ROYALS?
The home ground for Rajasthan Royals is the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Established in 1969, the stadium has a capacity of 30,000. The stadium, which also hosts international matches, is mostly full during the Rajasthan matches.