IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals (RR) Team Profile Overview, Stats, Auctions Analysis, Season Wise Performance, Full Schedule and Squad

Rajasthan Royals have been perennial underachievers ever since their win in the inaugural edition of the IPL.

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Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals (RR) who won the Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2008 haven’t been able to replicate their success ever since, even after 13 years have passed. The side have now become underdogs in the tournament as they have failed to make their way to the playoffs more often than not. A call back to the glory days of 2008 are awaited by their fans more than any and the side would want 2021 to be their year.

RR had a disappointing season last year as they finished last in the points table despite a promising start. Now, with an eye on the future and this year’s tournament, the franchise has gone for a rejig by releasing its captain Steve Smith and elevating Sanju Samson as captain while also appointing Kumar Sangakkara as the Director of Cricket. The team would want the change in personnel to impact them positively and it remains to be seen how it all unfolds this year.

Rajasthan Royals Team Overview

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Rajasthan Royals with MS Dhoni

Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the franchise.

Strengths

The four overseas players that Rajasthan Royals choose in their playing XI would be their biggest strengths. The likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer are all proven match-winners at the highest stages of the game. Further, the purchase of Chris Morris adds stability to the bowling attack which relied too much on Archer in the past. Morris’ arrival also adds depth to the batting as the South African is more than capable of wielding the long handle.

Weaknesses

RR have made plenty of brave changes to their team for IPL 2021 and there is always the possibility of it all going awry. The spin department still doesn’t look very impressive. Further, the core of Indian bowlers could once again struggle at the death like last year. The form of the Indian batters like Sanju Samson could also be a concern in the tournament.

Rajasthan Royals Season wise performance

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Rajasthan Royals in 2008
YearCaptainResultTop BatsmenRunsTop BowlerWickets
2020Steve Smith8thSanju Samson375Jofra Archer20
2019Ajinkya Rahane7thAjinkya Rahane393Shreayas Gopal20
2018Ajinkya Rahane4thJos Butler548Jofra Archer15
2015Shane Watson4thAjinkya Rahane540Chris Morris13
2014Shane Watson5thAjinkya Rahane339Pravin Tambe15
2013Rahul Dravid3rdShane Watson543James Faulkner28
2012Rahul Dravid7thAjinkya Rahane560Bradd Hogg10
2011Shane Warne6thRahul Dravid343Shane Warne13
2010Shane Warne7thNaman Ojha337Shane Warne11
2009Shane Warne6thRavindra Jadeja295Munaf Patel16
2008Shane Warne1stShane Watson472Sohail Tanvir22

Rajasthan Royals Team Stats

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Ben Stokes

Batting Stats

  • Most Runs: Sanju Samson – 2584
  • Most 100s : Sanju Samson/Ben Stokes – 2
  • Most 50s : Rahul Dravid – 11
  • Best Batting Average: Adam Voges – 45.25
  • Best Strike Rate: Jos Buttler – 150.81
  • Most 6s : Sanju Samson – 115
  • Highest Individual score : Ben Stokes – 103*

Bowling Stats

  • Most Wickets: Dhawal Kulkarni – 86
  • Best Economy: Shane Warne – 7.27
  • Best Bowling Figures: Sohail Tanvir – 4-14-6
  • Best Bowling Average: Shreyas Gopal – 19.39
  • Most 4 Wickets: Sohail Tanvir – 1

Here is the List of Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021 fixtures, venues and match timings

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Day and DateMatchTimeVenue
12 April MondayRajasthan Royals Vs Punjab Kings7:30 pmMumbai
15 April ThursdayDelhi Capitals Vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmMumbai
19 April MondayChennai Super Vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmMumbai
22 April ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmMumbai
24 April SaturdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmMumbai
29 April ThursdayMumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals3:30 pmDelhi
2 May SundaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals3:30 pmDelhi
5 May WednesdayChennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmDelhi
8 May SaturdayMumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmDelhi
11 May TuesdayDelhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmKolkata
13 May ThursdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmKolkata
16 May SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals3:30 pmKolkata
18 May TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmBanglore
22 May SaturdayPunjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 pmBanglore

Rajasthan Royals: 2021 Auction Buys and Trades

Chris Morris
Chris Morris

Complete list of all the released players:

Steve Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Akash Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Anirudha Joshi, Shashank Singh.

Complete list of players bought by RR in 2021 Auctions:

Christopher Morris (All-Rounder) – Rs. 16.25 crore, Shivam Dube (All-Rounder) – Rs. 4.4 crore, Chetan Sakariya (Bowler) – Rs. 1.2 crore, Mustafizur Rahman (Bowler) – Rs. 1 crore, Liam Livingstone (All-Rounder)- Rs. 75 lakh, K.C Cariappa (Bowler) – Rs. 20 lakh, Akash Singh (Bowler) – Rs. 20 lakh, Kuldeep Yadav (Bowler) – Rs. 20 lakh.

Rajasthan Royals Full squad for IPL 2021

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Rajasthan Royals

Sanju Samson, Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, Ben Stokes, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Kartik Tyagi, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh

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