Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Rajasthan Royals can’t think of preferring any other overseas candidate besides these four in their playing eleven. All four are the world-class talent, however, Rajasthan has some bigger problems to ponder at.
Rajasthan Royals, this year, have acquired too many top-order players. Also, they have a few good Indian spinners in their squad, but nobody has experience of playing at top-level cricket.
Problems don’t end here. Death bowling is the third biggest concern for the franchise. Rajasthan lack a quality death bowler, who could support Jofra Archer in the final overs of the innings.
It would be interesting to see if they end up sitting at the bottom four of the table much like the previous year or they string a surprise this time.
Here’s a look at the strongest playing XI of Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2020:
Openers: Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal
Jos Buttler has been in the form of his life. He has turned up with good numbers in the last two seasons for the franchise. Picking him as the first opener should be a no-brainer. For the second option, Rajasthan must try out young sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal. He took the world by storm in 2020 Under-19 World Cup. He was the highest run-scorer in the league.
Averaging 133.33, Jaiswal scored 400 runs in 6 games.
Middle-order: Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa
Both Steve Smith and Sanju Samson can bat at number three. However, the skipper is likely to come at three, while Samson could come at number four this year. For Rajasthan to create an impact in IPL 2020, both Smith and Samson have to score consistently for the franchise. The duo would be the responsibility for managing the run-flow during the middle-period.
Having released from KKR last year, Robin Uthappa will have to bat at number 5 or 6 this IPL.
All-rounders: Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal
If Rajasthan Royals wants to make it to playoffs this year, Ben Stokes has to have a good season this year. Stokes didn’t do much for the franchise last year. Rajasthan would expect him to deliver from both bat and ball.
If used well, Riyan Parag could be a great asset to the team this year. The youngster can fetch boundaries at the fag end and is pretty handy with the ball as well.
Shreyas Gopal will lead the spin-attack of Rajasthan Royals. Looking at the conditions of UAE, Gopal is likely to play a much bigger role for the franchise in the upcoming edition.
Fast-Bowlers: Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat and Ankit Rajpoot
Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat should be the two automatic picks in the fast bowling department. Ankit Rajpoot, who now has substantial experience of playing in IPL should go as the third seamer, at least for the first few games.
Rajasthan Royals squad for IPL 2020:
Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer
Strongest Predicted Eleven of Rajasthan Royals:
- Jos Buttler (WK) ✈
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Steve Smith (C) ✈
- Sanju Samson
- Robin Uthappa
- Ben Stokes ✈
- Riyan Parag
- Shreyas Gopal
- Jofra Archer ✈
- Jaydev Unadkat
- Anki Rajpoot