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
Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the franchise.
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.
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
|Year||Captain||Result||Top Batsmen||Runs||Top Bowler||Wickets|
|2020||Steve Smith||8th||Sanju Samson||375||Jofra Archer||20|
|2019||Ajinkya Rahane||7th||Ajinkya Rahane||393||Shreayas Gopal||20|
|2018||Ajinkya Rahane||4th||Jos Butler||548||Jofra Archer||15|
|2015||Shane Watson||4th||Ajinkya Rahane||540||Chris Morris||13|
|2014||Shane Watson||5th||Ajinkya Rahane||339||Pravin Tambe||15|
|2013||Rahul Dravid||3rd||Shane Watson||543||James Faulkner||28|
|2012||Rahul Dravid||7th||Ajinkya Rahane||560||Bradd Hogg||10|
|2011||Shane Warne||6th||Rahul Dravid||343||Shane Warne||13|
|2010||Shane Warne||7th||Naman Ojha||337||Shane Warne||11|
|2009||Shane Warne||6th||Ravindra Jadeja||295||Munaf Patel||16|
|2008||Shane Warne||1st||Shane Watson||472||Sohail Tanvir||22|
Rajasthan Royals Team 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*
- 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
|Day and Date||Match||Time||Venue|
|12 April Monday||Rajasthan Royals Vs Punjab Kings||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|15 April Thursday||Delhi Capitals Vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|19 April Monday||Chennai Super Vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|22 April Thursday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|24 April Saturday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|29 April Thursday||Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals||3:30 pm||Delhi|
|2 May Sunday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals||3:30 pm||Delhi|
|5 May Wednesday||Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Delhi|
|8 May Saturday||Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Delhi|
|11 May Tuesday||Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|13 May Thursday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|16 May Sunday||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals||3:30 pm||Kolkata|
|18 May Tuesday||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Banglore|
|22 May Saturday||Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||7:30 pm||Banglore|
Rajasthan Royals: 2021 Auction Buys and Trades
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
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