Besides winning the first IPL tournament in 2008, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) team struggled to gain any momentum. They returned last season after serving two years of suspension along with Chennai Super Kings. With core players like Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat and Jofra Archer, the team looks balanced.
The key performers for Royals this season could be Australia’s Ashton Turner, England’s Liam Livingstone and West Indies paceman, Oshane Thomas.
Turner, the 26-year-old right-hand middle-order batsmen, of course, has limited experience in franchise cricket but has made a fine impact while representing the Perth Scorchers in the recent Big Bash League (BBL).
Livingstone, the 25-year-old all-rounder enjoyed a great amount of success for his franchise Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League.
With every franchise looking for bowlers who clock more than 140kph, the promising Thomas could be the ideal selection for the RR in this year’s IPL. The 22-year-old right-arm pacer troubled the Indian batsmen during last year’s ODI series and has captured 28 wickets from 20 T20s at an economy rate of 8.83.
With Varun Aaron, Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat also making the line-up RR can be pleased of having one of the best bowling line-ups in the IPL.
Owners: Manoj Badale (Royal Multisport Pvt Ltd)
Home ground: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun
Head coach: Paddy Upton
Batting coach: Amol Muzumdar
Spin bowling coach: Sairaj Bahutule
Fast bowling coach: Steffan Jones
Fielding coach: Dishant Yagnik
Head of cricket: Zubin Bharucha
Matches played: 132
Matches won: 68
Winning rate: 53.05%
Title won: 1
Most runs: Ajinkya Rahane (3427 runs)
Most wickets: Dhawal Kulkarni (80 wickets)
Monday, March 25
8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur
Friday, March 29
8 pm IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad
Sunday, March 31
8 pm IST: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals in Chennai
Tuesday, April 2
8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur
Sunday, April 7
8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Jaipur
Thursday, April 11
8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings in Chennai
Saturday, April 13
4 pm IST: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai
Tuesday, April 16
8 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals in Mohali
Saturday, April 20
4 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians in Jaipur
Monday, April 22
8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals in Jaipur
Thursday, April 25
8 pm IST: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata
Saturday, April 27
8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Jaipur
Tuesday, April 30
8 pm IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals
Saturday, May 4
4 pm IST: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals in Delhi