Rajasthan Royals Latest Updates 2020

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CHENNAI SUPER KINGS vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS
Date : 21st September 2020
Match Starts 7.30PM
Venue : Sharjah Cricket Stadium (UAE)
Toss Won CSK
First Batting  RR

PLAYING XI

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samso (W), Steven Smith (C), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat
Shane Warne appointed  RR Mentor

Rajasthan Royals have appointed Legendary spinner Shane Warne as team Mentor for IPL 2020, Warne played an pivotal role in inaugural edition of IPL for RR to take the team win trophy, he will work alongside head coach Andrew McDonald, his victorian team mate from 2003 to 2007, he will be working with RR team management to strengthen the International team base.

No Clarity on Availability of Strokes

The preparations for IPL 2020 are in full swing by Rajasthan Royals, who start their campaign with first encounter with Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on 22nd September 2020,

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However the England Star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was expected to play a big role for the team in this year IPL is yet to join the team as he has had to go to New Zealand to visit his ailing father, the Royals camp is anxious to know about his availability but coach Andrew McDonald doesn’t want to keep second-guessing the situation.

RR Team Profile

An endorsed cricket team based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is The Rajasthan Royals (often abbreviated as RR). As one of the initial eight IPL franchises the team is founded in 2008 and based at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Titled as the “moneyball” team of the IPL, the Royals are known to ascertain, vague, high potential talent but also having their involvement in many controversies and scandals.

Although declared as title contender by the media and fans the team won the inaugural edition of the IPL although under the captaincy of Shane Warne. During Rahul Dravid’s captaincy the team also won the runners-up of the 2013 Champions League Twenty20. The team is embedded with a run-scorer  Ajinkya Rahane with 2705 runs and the leading wicket-taker  Shane Watson, with 67.

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Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings teams have been suspended for two years over a 2013 betting scandal because of the  verdict reached by a panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India On 14 July 2015, because of which they could not participate in both the 2016 and 2017 IPL tournaments. They made their existence in the 2018 season.

The team which cannot be easily assorted is Rajasthan Royals. The champions made the  big changes to their squad during the trading season and later during the auction. Ajinkya Rahane – who was the captain of the franchise until the last few games of the previous season – has been traded to Delhi Capitals. Captain Steve Smith will be hoping for a better show from his team in this season. The team will be missing the services of England’s pace sensation Jofra Archer this year. The team is currently being captained by Steve Smith. The franchise of Rajasthan has appointed Australian coach Andrew McDonald as a team coach.

Because of the health issues of his father, Stokes left the test series between England and Pakistan midway and still its not clear will he be available for this IPL season. Right now he is in New Zealand with his family after a 14-day quarantine, and it is expected that he may miss the first half of the tournament.Also, possibilities of his opting out of the full season can also not be ruled out. This will be a massive setback for Rajasthan.

The burden will be on Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, David Miller and Jofra Archer  in  the absence of Stokes and fans are expecting a lot from Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson and Karthik Tyagi.

Auction

Number of players are bought by Rajasthan Royals during the IPL 2020 Auction.Their costly purchases includes Robin Uthappa for INR 300L, JaydevUnadkat for INR 300L, and Yashasvi Jaiswal for INR 240L. Aside from these 3, they got Andrew Tye and Tom Curran for just INR 100L each. Shockingly, they got David Miller for just INR 75L.

Players bought

Robin Uthappa , Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal , Anuj Rawat , Akash Singh , Kartik Tyagi , David Miller , Oshane Thomas , Anirudha Joshi , Andrew Tye, Tom Curran

In view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in mumbai  On 13 March 2020, the BCCI postponed the tournament until 15 April. NarendraModi On 14 April said that the lockdown in India would last until at least 3 May 2020.The BCCI suspended the tournament indefinitely due to the pandemic the following day.

The Indian government relaxed nation-wide restrictions on sports events On 17 May 2020,

allowing events to take place behind closed doors On 24 May. The decision on whether or not to allow the tournament to be conducted in 2020 will be made by the Indian government based on “the situation of the pandemic” In June 2020 as stated by Indian sports minister KirenRijiju . On 24 July 2020 the BCCI confirmed that their preference was to host the tournament in India, possibly between September and October, and it got confirmed that the tournament would start from 19 September 2020.

Full Squad

Robin Uthappa, JaydevUnadkat, YashasviJaiswal, AnujRawat, Akash Singh, KarthikTyagi, David Miller, Oshane Thomas, Anirudha Joshi, Andrew Tye and Tom Curran, AnkitRajpoot,MayankMarkande, Rahul Tewatia, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, RiyanParag, Shashank Singh, ShreyasGopal, MahipalLomror, Varun Aaron and MananVohra.

Coaching Staff

Andrew McDonald (Head Coach), AmolMazumdar (Batting Coach), SairajBahutule (Bowling Coach), DishantYagnik (Fielding coach)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jos Buttler

An English international cricketer , aright-handed batsman Jos Buttler who usually fields as a wicket-keeper.Buttler began to open the innings for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL,his successful 2017 IPL season with Mumbai Indians made the Rajasthan Royals go for him for the following IPL season.  Buttler was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 IPL auction for ₹44 million in January 2018 . He subsequently became the only second batsman in IPL history to achieve five scores of fifty or more in consecutive matches. He made an unbeaten 95 from 60 balls against Chennai Super Kings, his highest score in the T20 format to date.During the 2019 IPL season, Rajasthan Royals retained Buttler.

Jofra Archer

A Barbadian-born English cricketer who plays internationally for England .He made his first-class debut On 8 July 2016 for Sussex during Pakistan’s tour of England. After influencing everyone in the Big Bash League Jofra Archer was quickly roped in by the Rajasthan Royals for a whopping INR 7.2 crores in the 2018 IPL auction.

On 22 April 2018, against the Mumbai Indians on his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut, he took three wickets and was named the player of the match.

In the 21 IPL games that he has played, Archer has picked up 26 wickets at a mind-boggling average of just 16. He also has the ability to use the long handle if needed. Thus Archer’s ability to bowl with both the new ball and at the death coupled with his batting prowess will be of great help to the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020.

Ben stokes

 An English international cricketer, a left-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, who is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the world.Stokes consistently bowls at around the 140kph (87mph) mark and he can also swing the ball. An attacking middle-order batsman, he holds the record for England’s fastest ever Test double-century. He is one of the most important players in the Rajasthan Royals squad. In 34 IPL games, Stokes has scored 635 runs and has picked up 26 wickets. During IPL 2020, the fate of the Rajasthan Royals based on his all-round ability.

Steve Smith

An Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team.according to the ICC Player Rankings Smith is eternally rated as one of the top-ranked Test batsmen in the world. Due to his distinctively high Test batting average he has been called the “best since Bradman”. He was initially selected for Australia as a right-arm leg spinner, and later played primarily as a batsman. Presently he is guiding  Rajasthan Royals under his captaincy.

Smith’s presence is a big boost for RR as he is a live wire in the field. With his batting, he can control the innings and give direction to RR’s innings

Robin Uthappa

An Indian cricketer who plays for Kerala in domestic cricket and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. In April 2006  he made his One Day International debut in the seventh and final match of the English tour of India making 86 as an opening batsman .He had a successful debut and It was the highest score for an Indian debutant in a limited-overs match. For his tactic of charging the bowler ,he is nicknamed ‘The Walking Assassin’.

During the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 .he played an important role in India’s win. He finished the 2014–15 Ranji Trophy season as the highest run scorer that season.He has scored 4411 IPL runs, was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 3 crores.

David miller

A South African international cricketer, an aggressive left-handed middle order batsman and an occasional wicket-keeper who plays domestic cricket for the Dolphins and is the former captain of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League . A hard-hitting left-hander with a relish for clearing the boundary, David Miller made famous the phrase: “If it’s in the arc, it’s out the park.”

Sanju Samson

An Indian cricketer who represents Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Indian national cricket team. A wicket-keeper/right-handed batsman, who made his Twenty20 International debut for India against Zimbabwe on 19 July 2015. He is the youngest batsman to score 1,000 runs in the IPL and the youngest cricketer to captain a Ranji trophy side.On 29 April 2013 he achievedhalf-century in the IPL and Champions League Twenty20 at the age of 18.

Through an official poll he was proclaimed  as the “Best Young Player of the Season” in the 2013 IPL. Sanju became the first wicket-keeper batsman to score a double hundred in Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Shreyasgopal

An Indian cricketer,RamaswamyShreyasGopal,who plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket.  An all-rounder who bats right-handed, and bowls leg break. In 2011 he played three ODIs for India Under-19 cricket team .He had captained Karnataka at various age levels such as Under-13, Under-15, Under-16 and Under-19. In the 2014 IPL auction he was bought by Mumbai Indians , where he spent four seasons.

In the 2018 IPL auction he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals.On 30 April 2019, he took a hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 Indian Premier League, which included the wickets of ViratKohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis. He was named in the Cricinfo IPL XI  for his performances in the 2019 IPL season.


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