All you need to know about the RR squad ahead of the 2018 IPL season
Back in the Indian Premier League after two years, the Rajasthan Royals grabbed a lot of attention at this year’s auction.
Rajasthan Royals made an instant impact at this year’s auctions when they went on to buy the star England all-rounder Ben Stokes for Rs 12.5 crore, making him the costliest player of the season once again. Stokes, who was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for Rs 14.5 crore last season, played 12 matches in the tournament in which he went on to score 316 runs at an average of 31.6 at a strike rate of 142.99. He also hammered a century last season.
The Jaipur-based franchise did not stop their extravagant buys at that- they went on to bag Jaydev Unadkat for Rs.11.5 crores, making him the most expensive Indian player at the auctions.
The unknown 22-year old West Indies sensation Jofra Archer was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs 7.2 crore after battling it out with at least 5 other franchises to get his service.
With the likes of Steve Smith and Ben Stokes in the middle-order, it is obvious where the strength of the squad lies. Rajasthan Royals have packed a solid middle order which is only boosted by the likes of Darcy Short and Stuart Binny, who are experienced players in the format. Short, who plays for Hobart Hurricanes in Big Bash, has scored 3 half centuries and a ton in this season for his side and it came as no surprise when several franchises went all guns blazing to get his services. Stokes and Smith, who both played for Rising Pune Supergiant in the previous season, were key elements to take their side to the final in the 2017 season and the duo might repeat the same with Rajasthan this year.
Squad Analysis Of Rajasthan Royals
Batting : RR have one of the best on paper batting order in VIVO IPL 2018. Smith will be leading the side to glory after they won the title in inaugural edition of Indian Premiere League. Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane will probably open for Rajasthan and there is a depth of batting in line up in the form of Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Darcy Short and Jos Buttler
All-Rounders : Their core strength will be there all-rounder who will come in handy in terms of both taking wickets and doing well with the bat. Ben Stokes, Darcy Short, Stuart Binny and Jofra Archer will play a key role for the team. All these players have done well in the recent domestic and international t20’s for there respective nation and are expected to do the same for RR this year.
Bowlers : Jayedev Unadkat will be leading the pace attack alongside experienced Zahir Khan and Dhawal Kulkarni, they have opted for Ben Laughlin and Jofra Archer as their overseas pacers.The only department which they lack is spin department which will b an area of concern for them.
Shane Warne will be team mentor for Royals this year alongside Former India spinner Sairaj Bahutule as their bowling coach.
Squad: Steven Smith (C), Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, K Gowtham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Shreyas Gopal, MS Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Jatin Saxena, Aryaman Vikram Birla and Dushmantha Chameera
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