Rajasthan Royals 2021 Preview.
There used to be a time when frugal IPL auction buys and uncapped Indian players was the norm for RR. Now it is the complete opposite. They are overdependent on foreign players.
If Buttler has a great season, they make the top 4. Otherwise, same old story. Here is the preview.
Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, RR All-Time XI
2008 (Champions), 2013 (3rd), 2015, 2018 – (4th)
How Did They Do Last Year?
8th. Except for Jofra Archer maiden overs, Ben Stokes opening century, Riyan Parag’s Bihu dance celebration, & a glimpse into Kartik Tyagi’s potential, not much to write home about.
Injury & COVID-19 News
Jofra Archer is bound to miss at least 4 matches due to a hand injury. Given that the T20I World Cup is England’s focus right now, it is unlikely that Archer will be risked much.
Complete Rajasthan Royals Squad
Batsman: Yashashvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh
WK: Sanju Samson
All-Rounders: Shivam Dube, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia
Spinners: KC Cariappa, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande
Fast Medium: Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya
Overseas: Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Stokes, Andrew Tye
Uncapped (even in first class): Kuldip Yadav
Predicted RR XI
Rumors suggest that England captain Eoin Morgan has inside information from rival camp of Rajasthan Royals. Maybe a Buttler-Stokes opening partnership to better help England prepare for the upcoming World Cup?
I would still start out with Jaiswal as an opener. (But then I am no captain of the best limited overs side in the world).
- Jos Buttler, 2. Yashasvi Jaiswal/ Manan Vohra/Riyan Parag, 3. Ben Stokes, 4. Sanju Samson (C/WK), 5. Shivam Dube, 6. Rahul Tewatia, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Shreyas Gopal, 9. Kartik Tyagi, 10. Mayank Markande/Jaydev Unadkat, 11. Mustafizur Rahman/Andrew Tye
Will David Miller get another season on the bench? (Or one game before a 0 (0) run out benches him for the rest of the season).
Watch Out For
- Chris Morris. Has been sold for plenty at the auction, but some signs he is getting back to his best. Since his breakthrough season with Delhi a few years ago, he has not made a huge mark on the IPL. Is this the year?
- Sanju Samson went from India’s #4 in the Australia tour to out of the squad. With an extended 23 men squad available for the T20I world cup, can he impress the selectors once again?
- Buttler-Stokes in the top order.
Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Royals?
Lack of pace. The Fizz, Tye, Unadkat, & even Morris are arguably the world’s best off cutter bowling combination in the world. Without Jofra Archer though, they might fail to defend scores in Mumbai, Kolkata, & Bangalore.
Only so many Tewatia specials can save the Royals.
Venues & Fixtures
Mumbai- 5, Delhi – 4, Kolkata – 3, Bangalore – 2
- 12 April: RR vs PBKS (Mumbai)
- 15 April: RR vs DC (Mumbai)
- 19 April: CSK vs RR (Mumbai)
- 22 April: RCB vs RR (Mumbai)
- 24 April: RR vs KKR (Mumbai)
- 29 April: MI vs RR (Delhi)
- 2 May: RR vs SRH (Delhi)
- 5 May: RR vs CSK (Delhi)
- 8 May: RR vs MI (Delhi)
- 11 May: DC vs RR (Kolkata)
- 13 May: SRH vs RR (Kolkata)
- 16 May: RR vs RCB (Kolkata)
- 18 May: KKR vs RR (Bangalore)
- 22 May: PBKS vs RR (Bangalore)
- 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
- 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
- 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
- 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)
|Most Runs||Jos Buttler|
|Most Wickets||Mustafizur Rahman|
|Emerging Player||Mr. Liam Livingstone, I presume?|
|Surprise Package||Shivam Dube|
|X Factor||Jos Buttler|
|Broken Cricket Dream||David Miller|
What do you think of the Rajasthan Royals Preview? Your First XI? Will they make the IPL 2021 qualifiers?
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