IPL 2020 Preview: Rajasthan Royals

The Rajasthan Royals were the very first winners of the Indian Premier League back in 2008. While they’ve had mixed fortunes ever since, the Rajasthan Royals are always tough to beat. Like Chennai Super Kings, the Royals had to suffer a two-year suspension from the competition. But they returned in 2018 and were, as usual, among the best IPL teams.

They’ve been busy in the recent auction, too.  So if you’re looking for IPL online betting, 2019 has the following in store for the Rajasthan Royals.

What are the Rajasthan Royals odds to win the 2019 IPL Title?

The IPL 2019 odds markets are tight at the top, and Rajasthan Royals are one of many teams drawing interest. The 2008 winners can be found at a price of 7.00 with Betway. And as we’ll see when we run through their squad, that could offer some serious value.

That 7.00 figure also makes the Royals sixth favourites to win in 2019, which might seem a little surprising. After all, they underachieved when they returned to the tournament last season. However, when we look at their players, Rajasthan may well be a value punt.

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Who are the best players in the Rajasthan Royals Squad?

Australia’s Steve Smith returns to top level cricket following his ban from the international game. We must wait to see the reception he gets from fans around India. Nevertheless, he is a prolific run scorer and remains a favourite with Rajasthan supporters.

Elsewhere, there is a distinct English flavour to this Royals squad, with four players hopeful of sealing a berth in England’s 2019 World Cup squad. Jos Buttler is a big hitter at the top of the order. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer provide quality as all-round players. Liam Livingstone is a new name and he will have to wait for a starting place. He is also a power hitting batsman, though, who bowls some useful leg spin.

Furthermore, Rajasthan Royals have high class Indian players at their disposal. And the more you look at this squad, the more tempting it is to get involved with the online cricket betting markets. Ajinkya Rahane can score heavily in the T20 format. There will also be batting support from Sanju Samson. Jaydev Unadkat will be hoping for a more positive campaign with his left arm seam, while K Gowtham adds useful off spin.

This is a very balanced squad. If you’re taking an IPL Satta online, 2019 might just have given us our tournament winners.

Who are the highest paid players in the Rajasthan Royals squad?

Most of Rajasthan’s big-name players are on their retained list. The highest paid men from within the existing squad were Ben Stokes and Steve Smith. Both are claiming $1.7 million. That figure puts them ahead of Sanju Samson at $1.1 million and Jofra Archer at $1 million.

K Gowtham leads the list of players below the one million dollar line at $874,000. So clearly this is one of the better-paid squads in the competition. Salaries for new players dip below these figures. But can the retained players join with the new boys to offer some value in the IPL betting markets this season?

Rajasthan Royals History

The Rajasthan Royals made an instant impact when they won the first Indian Premier League in 2008. After a great group campaign, the final went down to the very last ball as Rajasthan beat Chennai by three wickets. This was a side led by the great Shane Warne and containing Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan and Ravi Jadeja. Sohail Tanvir won the Purple Cap for most wickets, and things were looking bright for the Royals.

Rajasthan Royals became a popular Satta in the IPL betting markets. However, fans would have to wait another five years before they made it to the playoffs once again. 2013 was the year that the Royals 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 with a skilled squad, they made it through to the final eliminator. If you’re getting involved with IPL online betting, 2019 looks good for the Royals. But who are the new players getting on board this season?

Notable Player Movements

The big news for Rajasthan Royals 2019 is the return of Steve Smith to the squad. He’s back in the fold after being left out of the tournament last year.

Meanwhile, if new arrival Liam Livingstone does get a chance in the side, Rajasthan Royals’ fans could be in for some fireworks. He’s a big hitter and one of England’s most exciting T20 prospects.

Rajasthan also opted to snap up the experience of Varun Aaron. The seamer has played for four other IPL teams. However, he is more than useful when the conditions are in his favour. Ashton Turner’s spin will boost the bowling. And look out for the thrilling West Indian, Oshane Thomas.

Experience is further added to the batting unit with the purchase of Manan Vohra. He has made some useful knocks for the Royal Challengers over the years and will add a bit more depth to Rajasthan’s top order.

One man who was predictably released was Heinrich Klassen. The South African wicket keeper came in as Steve Smith’s replacement. But didn’t match expectations and will play for RCB at IPL 12.

Overall, it was a relatively quiet auction for the Rajasthan Royals. Nevertheless, this settled squad could be the pick in the IPL 2019 odds markets.

Season by Season Record

Here is a full summary of Rajasthan Royals’ results in the Indian Premier League since the tournament began in 2008.

2008: Champions
2009: Sixth
2010: Seventh
2011: Sixth
2012: Seventh
2013: Beaten in Final Playoff
2014: Fifth
2015: Beaten in Eliminator
2016: Did Not Compete
2017: Did Not Compete
2018: Beaten in Eliminator

It’s been a very hard time for Rajasthan Royals fans. Banished from the IPL team list for two years, they returned in 2018. They then had to battle without their captain, Steve Smith. With the Aussie returning for IPL 12, this looks a very strong unit and there’s a lot of matka gambling involving the Royals right now.

Notable Facts About Rajasthan Royals

The following statistics were all updated at the end of the 2018 IPL tournament.

Who are the Owners of Rajasthan Royals?

Renowned Indian businessmen Manoj Badale OBE and Ranjit Barthakur jointly own the Rajasthan Royals. Both men in charge are familiar faces at Rajasthan Royals matches.

Manoj Badale is the co-founder of Blenheim Chalcot, 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 2019.

Where do Rajasthan Royals play?

The Royals’ main home ground is the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. It has a small capacity at just over 23,000. However, that makes for a very noisy and intimidating atmosphere when the Royals fans are packed in.

Meanwhile, Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad serves as a reserve ground whenever needed. They’ve also played at the Brabourne in Mumbai. Both are bigger venues, but the Royals are better prospects in the IPL betting when they are at their favoured Sawai Mansingh.

Rajasthan Royals 2019 IPL Complete Fixture list

Date/Time Match Number Opponent Home/Away Venue
Monday, March 25th, 2019 (Evening) 4 Kings XI Punjab Home Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Friday, March 29th, 2019 (Evening) 8 Sunrisers Hyberbad Away Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 (Evening) 12 Chennai Super Kings Away M.A. Chidambaram Stadium
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 (Evening) 14 Royal Challengers Bangalore Home Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 (Evening) 21 Kolkata Knight Riders Home Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 (Evening) 25 Chennai Super Kings Home Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 (Afternoon) 27 Mumbai Indians Away Wankhede Stadium
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 (Evening) 32 Kings XI Punjab Away Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Saturday, April 20th, 2019 (Afternoon) 36 Mumbai Indians Home Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Monday, April 22nd, 2019 (Evening) 40 Delhi Capitals Home Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Thursday, April 25th, 2019 (Evening) 43 Kolkata Knight Riders Away Eden Gardens
Saurday, April 27th, 2019 (Evening) 45 Sunrisers Hyderabad Home Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 (Evening) 49 Royal Challengers Bangalore Away M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Saturday, May 4th, 2019 (Afternoon) 53 Delhi Capitals Away Feroz Shah Kotla

Projected 2019 Starting Line Up

All IPL teams will have issues trying to fit in their best overseas players . For Rajasthan, though, it looks to be a very big problem. Most people would expect to see Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer as guaranteed starters. And the Royals may well go with that quartet.

But what about Ish Sodhi, Ashton Turner and the exciting young talents of Oshane Thomas and Liam Livingstone? They could walk into most IPL teams. But we suspect they will have to be patient in Rajasthan.

The same applies to the domestic contingent with some Indian players, such as Ajinkya Rahane, certain of a starting berth. The selectors will also look to keep faith with the likes of K. Gowtham and Sanju Samson who did much to get this Rajasthan Royals side out of the groups 12 months ago.

Taking all available players into account, we would like to see this starting XI if the Royals expect to make an impact on the online cricket betting markets.

1. Jos Buttler
2. Rahul Tripathi
3. Steve Smith
4. Ajinkya Rahane
5. Sanju Samson
6. Ben Stokes
7. Shreyas Gopal
8. K. Gowtham
9. Jofra Archer
10. Jaydev Unadkat
11. Dhawal Kulkarni

Team Strengths

The strength in that XI lies in the bowling. There is so much firepower here for the Royals with Kulkarni, Unadkat, Stokes, Archer and Gowtham, plus Gopal to back up the main five.

The selectors may want to look at Sodhi as another front-line spinner. However, that could be the best -balanced attack of all IPL teams in 2019.

Team Weaknesses

It’s hard to find a weakness here. Perhaps the Royals lack a balance between cultured batsmen and power hitters. That may seem a strange statement for a side that contains Jos Buttler opening the batting. But we then have to wait for Ben Stokes to clear the ropes in the later overs.

Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane are more patient batters. So perhaps, the innings will need more impetus at the start.

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