Rajasthan Royals Analysis: Retained Players & Targets

Rajasthan Royals retained skipper Sanju Samson on Tuesday, as well as one of the best white-ball batsmen in the world, Jos Buttler. RR have retained three players ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction, with uncapped young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal being the third.

Deals were struck for Samson (INR 14 crore), Buttler (INR 10 crore), and Jaiswal (INR 4 crore). At the auction, they have INR 62 crore left. 

RR has released a few big-name players, including England all-rounder Ben Stokes and express pacer Jofra Archer, as well as Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris, and Liam Livingstone.

After winning the prized trophy in the inaugural season under Shane Warne’s leadership, the Rajasthan-based side is yet to win another IPL trophy. With a new cycle beginning, they will assemble a strong squad and compete for titles.

●   Sanju Samson 

Sanju Samson, a traditional batsman with a pleasant demeanour, has been selected captain of the Royals for the 2021 season. He signed with the Royals in 2013 and had a promising start. He held two brilliant catches and ran an opponent out from behind the wickets in his IPL debut against Kings XI.

The Calm Captain 

He also performed admirably with the bat, appearing at the crease with his team in danger at 79 for 4 and hitting a calm 27 runs to help the Royals meet their 126-run objective. Since then, Sanju Samson has been a constant for the team. Like Rohit Sharma, Mahela Jayawardene, and Virat Kohli, he is one of the most gracious batters to see when in full flow.

In 2019, he scored a magnificent century for the Royals, and in 2020, he hit sixes at will. Samson’s IPL success earned him a spot in India’s T20I squad, and he was also picked in for Australia’s ODI team late in 2020. Sanju will manage the team in the 2021 season, which will be a new chapter for him. His experience as Kerala’s captain in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy would undoubtedly benefit him in the IPL.

●   Jos Buttler 

Jos Buttler is the batting spearhead for the Rajasthan Royals, acquired during the 2018 auction. Jos Buttler’s performances for the Royals in the top and middle-order have set the pace and set the bar for all batters in the IPL.

The Classic Hitter 

Jos was one of the most devastating players in the world when he initially played in the IPL with Mumbai Indians, and he has been at his best in the league ever since. Buttler, who has a strike rate of nearly 150 and an average of just over 35, has earned a reputation for easily shredding even the most formidable bowling attacks. 

While he is a dangerous hitter, the 2017 IPL champion has long been a superb gloveman, having played for England and the Royals. He commands a solid wicketkeeping unit at the Royals that includes skipper Sanju Samson, Rawat, and himself. Butter played a critical part during England’s World Cup-winning run in 2019. He was re-signed for the third year in a row and will play a major part in the 2021 season.

●   Yashasvi Jaiswal 

Jaiswal, a member of the Indian U-19 World Cup squad in South Africa, embodied character and tenacity. He spent his days after leaving his hometown living in a dairy in Kalbadevi and in the tents of Azad Maidan so he could play cricket.

The Young Gun 

Jaiswal’s potential was undeniable, and he was discovered in 2013. Jaiswal set an all-around record in 2015, scoring an unbroken 319 and claiming 13/99 in the match, which was recognised by the Limca Book of Records. At 17 years, 292 days, Jaiswal became the youngest double hundred in List A cricket history when he scored 203 off 154 deliveries against Jharkhand on October 16, 2019. 

Jaiswal, who has also played for the Mumbai Ranji team, has already established himself as one of the country’s most promising batters and a future Team India contender. He was signed by the Royals for 2.4 crores and will be part of the Royals’ crop of Under 19 recruits. Despite not getting as many runs as he would have liked in his first season, he has a chance to improve his performance after being re-signed for the 2021 season.

Some top players RR should target for auction 2022

●   Manish Pandey

RR has struggled with an almost non-existent middle order in the last few IPL seasons. The Royals tried several combinations but could not close the ship’s hole. Manish Pandey might be crucial in the middle, providing the team with much-needed consistency.

Pandey has shown signs of being a mature and responsible batsman with the capacity to adjust to situations swiftly during the last couple of seasons. The experience of the Karnataka batsman would only help Sanju Samson, the developing skipper, share the burden of the middle order, which has slowed him down significantly.

●   Rashid Khan

The spin department is yet another area in which RR has struggled. They’ve been on the lookout for a patent leg spinner who can help them control the middle of the field. However, despite attempting several solutions, they have once again failed terribly. The Royals will be hoping to tick that box this time around with Rashid Khan going under the hammer. 

Rashid is without a doubt one of the top T20 bowlers in the world, and he will surely be a desirable commodity at the IPL 2022 mega auction. The Royals have spent a lot of money on players they believe will be important to their club, so it wouldn’t be surprising if they went all out to get the Afghan spinner. 

●   Trent Boult

Rajasthan will be aiming to sign an all-around bowler who can bowl at any point of the game after releasing all of its quicks. Trent Boult could be the target, given the team’s preference for left-handed quicks. Boult has been at the top of his game with the new ball in power play and is one of the most deadly bowlers.

Boult’s experience will be useful because he will be in charge of the pace batteries. Furthermore, the Kiwi pacer’s ability to take wickets in the death overs with his variations adds another layer to his game. Overall, the veteran pacer will be an excellent choice to lead RR’s bowling attack, which has been under fire for quite some time. 

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