Owner: Royal Multisport Pvt. Ltd
Coach: Andrew McDonald
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Captain: Sanju Samson
Best Finish: Champions 2008
Last Updated: 30 September 2021
Rajasthan Royals has been a part of the IPL T20 tournament since its inauguration back in 2008. Rajasthan Royals were actually the first team to lift the IPL trophy, winning the opening season by 3 wickets against the Chennai Super Kings in the final (see our RR vs CSK recent analysis).
The Jaipur based cricket franchise has yet to experience another title winning season since 2008, which is incredible to think they haven’t won the IPL in over 10 years. When Rajasthan Royals, otherwise known as RR, started their 2008 season they were considered to be the weakest team out of the eight competing. However, they overcome all odds and became reigning champions.
RR has not reached a final since 2008, in fact they have only reached the playoffs three times since 2008 falling short each time. It should be mentioned that Rajasthan Royals did not compete in 2016 season and as one of the IPL 2017 teams as they were suspended amid a spot-fixing case and illegal betting scandal.
IN: Glenn Phillips, Tabraiz Shamsi, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas
OUT: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye
Rajasthan Royals (RR) had an up and down time in the first half of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They were never able to build any sort of momentum but they did have moments of brilliance. The inaugural IPL champions ended up with three wins and four losses which put them on the fifth place on the points table when the 14th season was suspended midway through.
For the second half of the IPL, Rajasthan Royals have been dealt with massive blows. Three out of their four first-choice overseas stars have pulled out due to various reasons. Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer would walk into any side in the world and RR will be without those superstars. Buttler has decided to skip the tournament due to the birth of his second child. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has taken a break from all forms of cricket due to mental health issues. Jofra Archer has been ruled out of all cricket for 2021 due to an elbow injury. Apart from the English trio, Andrew Tye has also decided to not travel to the UAE as he cited the constant bubble life as the reason.
Now, RR have decided to rope in replacements in the form of Glenn Phillips, Tabraiz Shamsi, Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas. The addition of Glenn Phillips and Evin Lewis bolsters the batting line-up. RR already have Liam Livingstone who seems to be in blazing form and adding Phillips and Lewis to that makes it a deadly combination. Oshane Thomas provides some pace while Tabraiz Shamsi is the No. 1 ranked bowler on the ICC T20I rankings. The South African chinaman bowler has been supremely consistent.
These are some quality replacements and RR seem to be well placed in terms of their team balance. However, the question will be to adjust to the slow nature of the pitches in the UAE and the free-flowing batting line-up might need to adapt better.
RR are currently in a mid-table muddle. They have Mumbai Indians who are a couple of points ahead of them and have Punjab Kings tied at six points and Kolkata Knight Riders follow on four points. Hence, RR need to start the UAE leg well. Ever since their comeback in 2018, the Jaipur-based franchise just haven’t been consistent enough and have tended to remain in the bottom half of the points table. RR have the quality and the depth and could be a contender for the playoffs. However, consistency will be the key.
Rajasthan Royals made the most stunning purchase in the auction with the record fee shelled out for South Africa’s Chris Morris. The all-rounder commanded a fee of INR 16.25 crore, the most ever for an overseas player in IPL history, but with his addition, Rajasthan fixed two important problems they had last season which saw them finish at the bottom of the table.
Players released before auction: Steve Smith, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Ankit Rajpoot, Aniruddha Joshi, Shashank Singh, Oshane Thomas, Akash Singh
Players bought: Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar
With INR 53.2 crore up their sleeve, Punjab Kings made some excellent replacement picks for the players they had released ahead of the IPL auction. In the big void left by the release of Jimmy Neesham and Glenn Maxwell, Punjab added Dawid Malan and Fabian Allen alongside Moises Henriques.
Allen, at his base price of INR 75 lakh, was a complete steal given his skillset of bowling tight overs and adding death overs power hitting against pace and spin. Malan, the world’s no.1 T20I batter, also came at a relatively cheap fee of INR 1.5 crore as Punjab found their top-order batter to step in for Chris Gayle if needed or even play alongside him.
In Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson, Punjab added two Aussie bowlers with diverse skillsets. The former is more of a death bowler who can also step in the middle overs while Jhye Richardson adds new ball flair with his ability to swing the ball and then bowl well in the back end of the innings.
Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena were the major Indian players bought with the two adding a different dimension to their existing spin attack which primarily includes leg-spinners.
Rajasthan Royals completed matches in the India Premier League 2021
The Rajasthan Royals team hasn’t always been considered the strongest team in the IPL, but they have always had some superstar players a part of their squad. With the likes of Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid and Australian legend Shane Warne being a part of the Rajasthan Royals setup in past years.
In addition, they had signed another Australian in the shape and form of Shane Watson who proved to be a vital player for Royals, taking many wickets and scoring big runs. However, since Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the IPL in 2015, they have yet to make big strides forwards in re building the team and our constantly surrounding themselves around controversy.
All be it the latest controversy in 2018 was not at fault of the RR but of one of their players, Steve Smith, actions outside of the IPL. It is of no wonder the Rajasthan Royals team has been dubbed the “moneyball” team of the IPL, as to uncover some truly amazing talent, with Ajinkya Rahane being a prime example, but also their involvement in numerous scandals.
|Name||Team||Role||Bowling Style||Batting Style||Nationality||Matches||Runs||Runs Average||Wickets|
|Ben Stokes||Rajasthan Royals||All Rounder||Fast Seam||Left Handed||England||42||920||26.28||28|
|Chris Morris||Rajasthan Royals||All Rounder||Right-arm fast medium||Right Handed Bat||South Africa||70||551||23.95||80|
|Jofra Archer||Rajasthan Royals||All Rounder||Right-arm fast||Right Handed Bat||England||35||195||15||46|
|Shivam Dube||Rajasthan Royals||All Rounder||Right-arm medium||Left Handed||India||15||169||16.9||4|
|Mahipal Lomror||Rajasthan Royals||All Rounder||N/A||Left Handed||India||7||87||17.4||0|
|Liam Livingstone||Rajasthan Royals||All Rounder||Right-arm off break, legbreal||Right Handed Bat||England||4||71||23.66||0|
|Yashasvi Jaiswal||Rajasthan Royals||Batsman||Right-arm leg break||Left Handed||India||3||40||13.33||0|
|David Miller||Rajasthan Royals||Batsman||Off Spin||Left Handed||South Africa||80||1850||33.63||0|
|Manan Vohra||Rajasthan Royals||Batsman||N/A||Right Handed Bat||India||49||12||23.53||0|
|Riyan Parag||Rajasthan Royals||Batsman||Leg break||Right Handed Bat||19||246||20.5||2|
|Kuldip Yadav||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Left-arm medium fast||Left Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Andrew Tye||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Right-arm fast medium||Right Handed Bat||Australia||27||91||10.11||40|
|Akash Singh||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Fast Seam||Right Handed Bat||India||–||–||–||–|
|KartikTyagi||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Fast Seam||Right Handed Bat||India||10||4||4||9|
|Shreyas Gopal||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Right-arm leg break||Right Handed Bat||India||45||164||12.61||48|
|Rahul Tewatia||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Leg Spin||Right Handed Bat||India||34||366||30.5||24|
|Jaydev Unadkat||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||N/A||Right Handed Bat||India||80||64||9.14||81|
|Chetan Sakarya||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Left-arm medium fast||Left Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Mayank Markande||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||N/A||Right Handed Bat||India||17||27||9||16|
|KC Cariappa||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Leg break||Right Handed Bat||India||11||24||8||8|
|Mistafizur Rahman||Rajasthan Royals||Bowler||Left-arm fast medium||Left Handed||Bangladesh||24||1||1||24|
|Sanju Samson||Rajasthan Royals||Wicket Keeper Batsman||N/A||Right Handed Bat||India||107||2584||27.78||0|
|Anuj Rawat||Rajasthan Royals||Wicket Keeper Batsman||Fast Seam||Left Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Josh Buttler||Rajasthan Royals||Wicket Keeper Batsman||–||Right Handed Bat||England||58||1714||34.97||0|
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!
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.
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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.
The RR vs RCB clashes for Rajasthan are historically a chance to pick up points as, since 2014, they have always done very well against the team from Bangalore winning 5 and losing only 2 matches. But as they say, tomorrow is another day and the 2020 RR vc RCB promises a lot. For the upcoming IPL 2020 season Rajasthan Royals are going to have to make some drastic changes if they want to lift the IPL trophy again.
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||21||10||8||3||48%|
|Chennai Super Kings||21||7||14||0||33%|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||21||10||10||1||48%|
|Kings XI Punjab||19||10||9||0||53%|
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.
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.
Owner: Royal Multisport Pvt. Ltd
Coach: Andrew McDonald
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Captain: Sanju Samson
Best Finish: Champions 2008