The Rajasthan team are starting their campaign with an excellent contingent with a good mix of players for all positions. Will the absence of Stokes hurt them? Read to find out.
RR has one of the best overseas contingent with the likes of Smith, Buttler and Archer. Apart from this, they also have one of the best top order in IPL this season. They also have a good pace attack. Their squad is well balanced with a mix of youth and experienced players which could pave way for them this season.
Their batting order will be a chaos considering the amount of batsman competing for the top 3 slots. They are also over dependent on the foreign players which could hurt them in the long run. They will miss Stokes as they are left without a proven match finisher.
Trump card – Steve Smith
In the absence of Stokes, Smith has to take charge of anchoring the RR ship while leading from the front. The efficient captain with this squad could make wonders given the other players perform well.
- Batsmen – Steve Smith, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa , Shashank Singh, David Miller, , Akash Singh
- Wicketkeeper – Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Anuj Rawat
- Allrounders – Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ben Stokes, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Mahipal Lomror
- Bowlers – Jaydev Undakat, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markande, Aniruddha Joshi, Kartik Tyagi, Jofra Archer, Varun Aaron
- Coach – Andrew McDonald