A detailed account of IPL 2019 Rajasthan Royals team.
Returning to the Indian Premier League after a ban of two years, IPL 2018 didn’t pan out as imagined for the Rajasthan Royals. After enduring a lackluster season despite finding themselves in contention for a place in the final, the Royals went onto end contracts of 10 players, bringing in 9 new faces in their unit during the auction process.
The need to induct fresh and more T20 specialists in their squad was an ever-growing necessity for the Rajasthan based franchisee for the 12th season of the marquee Indian Premier League tournament. It was a side that had no sort of consistency in the batting order with Rahane hardly leading from the front. The newly look captain ran out of ideas not only as a captain but enjoyed a lacklustre season with the bat as well. With Butler, the main performer for them opting out of the new season, the need to buy new batsmen was massive for them.
The side will also be bolstered by the return of their tainted previous captain Smith after Cricket Australia confirmed that both he and Warner will be returning to the league after their bans for a maligned ball tampering incident.
“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players,” Cricket Australia said confirming both the players’ participation for the season. “David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajasthan Royals. Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve and David, and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes.”
Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, and Steve Smith are the batsmen that Royals have retained this season. Liam Livingstone (Rs 50 lakhs) was the new name they decided to bring in the batting department and pacer Oshane Thomas for Rs 1.1 Crore. The third overseas player they went for was Turner, a spinning and batting option to complete the 9 slots they needed to fill at the auction.
The biggest surprise and a decision that has left everyone flabbergasted is the side’s decision to release the expensive Unadkat before moving in for him once again this season. At Rs 8.4 crore, Unadkat who had enjoyed a besmirched season last time went onto become the highest buy for the second time in a row along with Varun Aaron for Rs 2.4 crore, the pace attack remains a dwindling one that is bereft of any frontline options that can change the outcome of a match.
The Rajasthan Royals season will commence on March 25 when they’ll face the Kings XI Punjab. The two sides engaged in a friendly exchange on Twitter prior to their opening match which has increased the build-up to the match.
IPL 2019 Rajasthan Royals team
Biggest purchase: Jaydev Unadkat is the costliest purchase of IPL 2019 auction at Rs 8.4 crore.
Money spent: 13.8 crores on six Indian and three overseas players.
Squad: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Aryaman Birla, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi and Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Riyan Parag, Manan Vohra, Shubham Ranjane.
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Openers (Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (C))
Middle order (Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi)
All-rounders (Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham)
Bowlers (Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni)
Retained: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Aryaman Birla, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi and Dhawal Kulkarni.
Released: D’Arcy Short, Zahir Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, Jatin Saxena, Ben Laughlin, Heinrich Klaasen and Dane Paterson.
Jaydev Unadkat- Rs.8.4 crore
Varun Aaron- Rs 2.4 crore
Oshane Thomas- Rs 1.1 crore
Shashank Singh- Rs.30 lakh
Liam Livingstone- Rs.50 lakh
Shubham Rajane- Rs.20 lakh
Manan Vohra- Rs.20 lakh
Ashton Turner- Rs.50 lakh
Riyan Parag- Rs.20 lakh
Head of cricket – Zubin Bharucha
Head coach – Paddy Upton
Batting coach – Amol Muzumdar
Spin bowling coach – Sairaj Bahutule
Fast bowling coach – Steffan Jones
Fielding coach – Dishant Yagnik
Physiotherapist – John Gloster