Rajasthan Royals

Last Updated: 18 November 2021

Someone might be shocked to find out the fact that Rajasthan Royals are the first IPL franchise to win the trophy IPL history by winning the opening season by 3 wickets against Chennai Super Kings in the final. Back in 2008, Emerging Media bought the rights of the Jaipur-based franchise for USD 67 million. With other minority stakeholders like Lachlan Murdoch and Redbird Capitals, the franchise was named as Rajasthan Royals.

Rajasthan Royals are the first IPL champions back in 2008 under the leadership of Shane Warne.

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Australian legend Shane Warne led the franchise for the first season with Graeme Smith, Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Ravindra Jadeja, and Yusuf Pathan in the team.

Rajasthan Royals were considered as the weakest IPL team at that time and their loss in the first game against Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets showed the signs. However, something unexpected happened. Rajasthan Royals won 11 of their next 13 games and topped the group stage with 22 points.

They beat Delhi Daredevils by 105 runs to set up a meeting with Chennai Super Kings in the finals. Rajasthan chased the target of 164 runs on the final ball of the tournament to win the inaugural IPL trophy. Shane Watson was declared as the man of the tournament for his 472 runs by the bat and 17 wickets by the ball. Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir took the ‘Purple Cap’ with 22 wickets.

Overall, Rajasthan Royals have played 175 matches in IPL so far – second-lowest among major IPL franchises after SRH. They have managed to win about the same number of matches as they have lost – 86 wins and 87 losses with 2 washouts.

SRH have a win rate 49.71 win rate in the IPL so far in 175 matches with 86 wins and 87 losses.

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Following their victory in 2008, Rajasthan won the British Asian Cup by beating Middlesex Crusaders in 2009. In the next four seasons, Rajasthan Royals finished in the bottom half of the points table. In 2010, they successfully challenged the decision of the BCCI from banning them from playing in the IPL. In 2013, Rajasthan Royals qualified for the playoffs. They lost to Mumbai Indians in the qualifier 2 by 4 wickets. Under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy, they came close to winning the Champions League T20. Mumbai Indians once again handed them a defeat in the finals by 33 runs.

In 2013 Rajasthan Royals were rocked by the spot-fixing scandal. Three of their players including S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan were arrested for their alleged involvement. Their owner Raj Kundra was also questioned by Delhi Police for his involvement in the illegal betting. With so many controversies surrounding it, BCCI also found out about two of their owners which were completely unknown to the governing council. Rajasthan Royals were banned from IPL for 2 years along with Chennai Super Kings.

After returning to IPL in 2018 after a two-year ban, RR qualified for the playoffs.

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In 2018, the Royals returned to the IPL with a new team. Under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane and players like Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, and Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals qualified for the playoffs. They crashed out eventually after getting beaten up by Kolkata Knight Riders. Since then they have finished in 7th place twice (2019,2021 seasons) and in the last place in the 2020 season. Sanju Samson leads the Rajasthan Royals team with Trevor Penney as the head coach. According to the reports, The Rajasthan Royals team is valued at USD 250 million after investment from Redbird.

Rajasthan Royal the majority of the time couldn’t find their rhythm when bowling or any kind of prowess when batting. Even when one side of their game clicked, for example, Rahane scoring a superb 105* innings against Delhi Capitals, was left to have his hands in his face as the team failed to protect their score and DC ran out winners with four balls and 6 wickets to spare. The RR vs DC 2019 match was known for all the wrong reasons.

Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021

At the end of the India leg of the competition, they won just three games out of 7 and were in the sixth position with 6 points. Due to the unavailability of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, Rajasthan Royals spent massively on Chris Morris (USD 2.2 million, most expensive in the history of IPL) and Shivam Dube (USD 585K).

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Keeping faith in Sanju Samson for the second season, Rajasthan went toe-to-toe in their first game against Punjab Kings. Chasing the target of 222 runs, Rajasthan lost the game by just 4 runs. Skipper Samson scored 119 runs off 63 balls.

Rajasthan won their next game by 3 wickets against the favourites Delhi Capitals. But the inconsistency in the form of their players hurt their progress.

The change in the venues for the UAE leg of the competition didn’t help Rajasthan to improve its performance. They won their first game of the second phase against Punjab Kings by just two runs. Next three games Rajasthan lost even after setting a strong target in each game.

Rajasthan Royals finished IPL 2021 at the 7th spot with just 10 points in 14 games.

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With no hope to qualify for the playoffs, the Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets chasing 190 runs. With 5 wins and 9 losses, Rajasthan finished in 7th place.

Sanju Samson once again carried his team with 484 runs. While their most expensive player Chris Morris took 15 wickets while leading the bowling unit.

Rajasthan Royals Team

Here’s a list of Rajasthan Royal’s Players.

NameTeamRoleBowling StyleBatting StyleNationalityMatchesRunsRuns AverageWickets
Ben StokesRajasthan RoyalsAll RounderFast SeamLeft HandedEngland4292026.2828
Chris MorrisRajasthan RoyalsAll RounderRight-arm fast mediumRight Handed BatSouth Africa7055123.9580
Jofra ArcherRajasthan RoyalsAll RounderRight-arm fastRight Handed BatEngland351951546
Shivam DubeRajasthan RoyalsAll RounderRight-arm mediumLeft HandedIndia1516916.94
Mahipal LomrorRajasthan RoyalsAll RounderN/ALeft HandedIndia78717.40
Liam LivingstoneRajasthan RoyalsAll RounderRight-arm off break, legbrealRight Handed BatEngland47123.660
Yashasvi JaiswalRajasthan RoyalsBatsmanRight-arm leg breakLeft HandedIndia34013.330
David MillerRajasthan RoyalsBatsmanOff SpinLeft HandedSouth Africa80185033.630
Manan VohraRajasthan RoyalsBatsmanN/ARight Handed BatIndia491223.530
Riyan ParagRajasthan RoyalsBatsmanLeg breakRight Handed Bat 1924620.52
Kuldip YadavRajasthan RoyalsBowlerLeft-arm medium fastLeft HandedIndia
Andrew TyeRajasthan RoyalsBowlerRight-arm fast mediumRight Handed BatAustralia279110.1140
Akash SinghRajasthan RoyalsBowlerFast SeamRight Handed BatIndia
KartikTyagiRajasthan RoyalsBowlerFast SeamRight Handed BatIndia10449
Shreyas GopalRajasthan RoyalsBowlerRight-arm leg breakRight Handed BatIndia4516412.6148
Rahul TewatiaRajasthan RoyalsBowlerLeg SpinRight Handed BatIndia3436630.524
Jaydev UnadkatRajasthan RoyalsBowlerN/ARight Handed BatIndia80649.1481
Chetan SakaryaRajasthan RoyalsBowlerLeft-arm medium fastLeft HandedIndia
Mayank MarkandeRajasthan RoyalsBowlerN/ARight Handed BatIndia1727916
KC CariappaRajasthan RoyalsBowlerLeg breakRight Handed BatIndia112488
Mistafizur RahmanRajasthan RoyalsBowlerLeft-arm fast mediumLeft HandedBangladesh241124
Sanju SamsonRajasthan RoyalsWicket Keeper Batsman N/ARight Handed BatIndia107258427.780
Anuj RawatRajasthan RoyalsWicket Keeper Batsman Fast SeamLeft HandedIndia
Josh ButtlerRajasthan RoyalsWicket Keeper Batsman Right Handed BatEngland58171434.970

Rajasthan Royals Team 2019

Rajasthan Royals team 2019 had retained 16 players from their previous campaign but had also released 9. Steve Smith made his comeback to the IPL with the Rajasthan Royals but not as captain with the years previous captain Ajinkya Rahane favoured. However, this did not last-long and Steve Smith was made captain after a poor string of results in the early stages of the group stages. But, despite a change in captaincy, Rajasthan Royals endured a tireless IPL 2019 season only winning five of their 14 matches played including losing both RR vs KXIP matches. They ended up finishing 7th in the tournament and had a big cause for concern, as the manner of the majority of the defeats that were inflicted upon them weren’t close competition at all. It can sometimes be silver lining of sorts when you reflect at your defeats and see that it was the small margins that cost your team the win. Strikely, RR vs MI matches were won easily by Rajasthan – they clearly can win!

Rajasthan Royals Team 2018

The Rajasthan Royals team 2018 was the return of the Jaipur based team in the IPL, after they had finishing serving their two-year ban. The IPL 2018 season was a big one not only for the RR team but the whole Rajasthan Royals franchise, it would be a season of rebuilding and proving the Royals were still a competitor in the IPL.

Before the 2018 season even began, Rajasthan Royal found themselves already surrounded by a scandal, all be it not through their own fault. Having retained and announced a new captain in the shape and form of Steve Smith for ₹12 crore, Smith then found himself at the centre of ball tampering scandal when playing for Australian in South Africa. Subsequently, Smith stepped down as the Rajasthan Royals captain and then banned from 2018 season all together. 

Nevertheless, Rajasthan Royals entered the 2018 IPL season highly motivated to succeed.  Losing twice in the RR vs SRH fixture would prove costly though.

Rajasthan Royals experienced some good moments during the group stages, like English batsmen Jos Butler blast 50 runs off just 18 balls, scoring the fifth fastest fifty in the history of the IPL. Rajasthan Royals scrapped through to the playoffs finishing in fourth. Despite qualifying for the playoffs for their fourth time they lost their first match and were eliminated at the hands of KKR (see RR vs KKR head to head analysis) who won by 25 runs at the infamous Eden Gardens. 

Rajasthan Royals Vs Opposition

The below table shows Rajasthan Royal’s performance over the years against major IPL franchises.

OppositionPlayedWonLostNRWin%
Chennai Super Kings261115042.31%
Delhi Capitals241212050.00%
Kings XI Punjab231310056.52%
Kolkata Knight Riders251113145.83%
Mumbai Indians271214146.15%
Royal Challengers Bangalore251012345.45%
Sunrisers Hyderabad1578046.67%
RR vs Opposition

Key Points:

  • Rajasthan Royals have the best win rate against Punjab with 13 wins in 23 matches with 10 losses – a win rate of 56.52%
  • Apart from Punjab, the Royals have not won more matches than they have lost against any of the remaining franchises which explains their poor performane in the IPL over the years.
  • Like many other franchises, RR’s weakest performance has been against CSK – just 11 wins in 26 encounters – a win rate of 42.31%

Rajasthan Royals have been consistently below average against the other IPL franchises with a win rate ranging between 40% and 50%.

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Rajasthan Royals points table

YearsPlayedWinsLossesNRWin %Position
200814113079%Champions
20091467143%6th
20101468043%7th
20111467143%6th
20121679044%7th
201316106063%3rd
20141477050%5th
20151466243%4th
20181477050%4t
20191357138%7th
20201468043%8th
20211459038% 7th
Rajasthan Royals Year by Year Result

Rajasthan Royals Best Players

Rajasthan Royals best players have performed time and time, but cricket is overall a team sport. This has been of the many pitfalls of the Rajasthan Royals as they have had great batsmen like their former captain and opening batsmen Ajinkya Rahane play his best cricket but the bowling unit let his efforts go to waste.

The Royals top run-scorer is Ajinkya Rahane on 2705 runs and the leading wicket-taker is Siddharth Trivedi with 65. 

  • RR Best Batsmen
  • PlayerYearsMatInnsNORunsHSAveSR1005004s6s
    AM Rahane2011-201910093112810105*34.26122.65217530253
    SR Watson2008-20157876112372104*36.49141.272142237109
    SV Samson2013-2020797571907102*28.04136.21110613988
    R Dravid2011-20134645212766629.67110.8607017111
    JC Buttler2018-202034335118795*42.39151.21010011751
    SPD Smith2014-202050438107079*30.57126.9208110820
    YK Pathan2008-201043424101110026.6161.241618961
    Minimum 1000 runs
  • RR Best Bowlers
  • PlayerSpanInnsOversMdnsRunsWktsBBIAveEcon45Ct
    SK Trivedi2008-20137525121904654/2529.297.581014
    SR Watson2008-201570226.531701613/1027.887.490021
    SK Warne2008-20115419911447574/2125.387.271016
    JP Faulkner2013-201542151.131272475/1627.068.41029
    JC Archer2018-202035137.32981463/1521.327.13009
    S Gopal2018-20203812911010414/1624.637.821010
    KK Cooper2012-201425961757334/2622.937.881012
    MM Patel2008-201030102.52779333/1723.67.57007
    Minimum 30 wickets

Rajasthan Royals – 2022 Mega Auctions

It will be a big task for Rajasthan Royals management to build the team from the 2022 mega auction. They might build a completely new squad after trying their luck with the current squad for the last three years. Their star player Sanju Samson will surely be retained along with Chetan Sakaria who was the find of the IPL 2021. The international quota will be filled by Jos Buttler. A tough choice for fourth place between Mustafizur Rahman, Jofra Archer, and Yashaswi Jaiswal.

Rajasthan Royals Owner

The Rajasthan Royals owner Emerging Media bought the Jaipur franchise for $67million in 2008, this was also the lowest price any owner paid for one of the eight founding franchises. Emerging Media was actually a company made up of many investors who wanted to be a part of the IPL.

The investors were Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch (Rupert Murdoch’s son), Suresh Chellara and many more. The Rajasthan Royals owners has to be one the most confusing setups out of all the IPL teams, it is natural for there to me multiple investors but when the BCCI does some searching, and they find two shareholders uncounted for, flags are raised.

One investor, Raj Kundra invested in the franchise through an offshore company in 2009 and this led to him being questioned about the legality of this by the Indian Government. Raj was again questioned in 2013 when a few Rajasthan Royals players were arrested on allegations of an IPL spot fixing scandal which also involved CSK. Raj Kundra admitted to placing bets on his team which against the law, even though he lost he was subsequently banned for life on any cricket related activity from the Supreme Court of India.

Rajasthan Royals Team

Best Finish: Champions 2008

Owner: Emerging Media, Lachlan Murdoch, RedBird Capital Partners

Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium

Captain: Sanju Samson

Coach: Trevor Penny

RR Top Run Scorers 2021
  • Sanju Samson – 484 at 40.33
  • Jos Buttler – 254 at 36.28
  • Yashaswi Jaiswal – 249 t 24.90

Most runs (and average) in the last IPL from RR.

RR Top Run Scorers 2020
  • Chris Morris – 15 at 9.17
  • Chetan Sakariya – 14 at 8.19
  • Mustafizur Rahman – 14 at 8.41

Most wickets (and economy) in the last IPL from RR.

RR Team Stats

Lowest Score – 58

RCB 133/8 vs RR 58/10, Cape Town, Apr 18 2009

Highest Score – 226

PBKS 223/2 vs RR 226/6, Sharjah, Sep 27 2020

Highest Winning Margin Runs – 105

RR 192/9 vs DC 87/10, Mumbai, May 30 2008

Highest Successful Chase – 226

PBKS 223/2 vs RR 226/6, Sharjah, Sep 27 2020

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