After a delay of nearly half the year Indian Premier League will get underway in the UAE from September 19, when Chennai Super Kings take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opener. Steve Smith is back as the full-time captain of the Rajasthan Royals team for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, and the team has an exciting blend of youth and experience at its disposal. After the historic triumph in the inaugural season, the Rajasthan Royals team has not been able to leave a stamp on the competition. However, they have always had a good squad at their disposal but have slipped at crucial moments and this has cost them, dear. However, this season could be different as they have snapped up key players and their biggest strength is their overseas contingency .You can read more about it in cricdaddy IPL latest news section. Cricdaddy IPL live score & cricdaddy todays match prediction is also available on the platform.
RAJASTHAN ROYALS PLAYERS
RAJASTHAN ROYALS TEAM'S CAPTAIN
Steven Smith – Steven Peter Devereux Smith is an Australian International cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team. Smith is consistently rated as one of the top-ranked Test batsmen in the world, according to the ICC Player Rankings.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) coach- Andrew McDonald was named the Royals head coach of Indian Premier League replacing Paddy Upton.
Rajasthan Royals players: Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Anuj Rawat
RAJASTHAN ROYALS FIXTURES
|Day and date||Opponent||Time (in IST)||Venue|
|Tuesday, September 22||Chennai Super Kings||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|Sunday, September 27||Kings XI Punjab||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|Wednesday, September 30||Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|Saturday, October 3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||3:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Tuesday, October 6||Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Friday, October 9||Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Sharjah|
|Sunday, October 11||Sunrisers Hyderabad||3:30 PM||Dubai|
|Wednesday, October 14||Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|Saturday, October 17||Royal Challengers Bangalore||3:30 PM||Dubai|
|Monday, October 19||Chennai Super Kings||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Thursday, October 22||Sunrisers Hyderabad||7:30 PM||Dubai|
|Sunday, October 25||Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Friday, October 30||Kings XI Punjab||7:30 PM||Abu Dhabi|
|Sunday, November 1||Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Dubai|
RAJASTHAN ROYALS STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES AND PREDICTIONS
Strengths: The Royals think tank bought Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kartik Tyagi and Akash Singh – three of India’s top performers at the Under-19 World Cup held earlier this year. They also roped in Robin Uthappa and David Miller to add depth to the squad, while managing to retain the services of left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat through the auction last year.
Jos Buttler will open the innings, just as he did for the Royals last season, and is likely to have Jaiswal as his partner. Sanju Samson will be the designated No. 3, while the batting positions of Smith, Ben Stokes and Uthappa might remain fluid. Miller will likely fill in as a cover for Stokes, who is yet to confirm his IPL availability.
While the middle order is formidable, who among them will assume the role of a finisher is still a doubt. The strike rates of Smith (121.96, 116), Stokes (121.73, 124.24) and Uthappa (132.45, 115.10) over the last two seasons don’t make for eye-catching Twenty20 numbers, while Miller scored at close to 130 in the 2019 campaign for Kings XI Punjab.
Riyan Parag might cement his place in the side after his breakthrough campaign in 2019 with both bat and ball. Leggie Shreyas Gopal will be the lead spinner in the side. Jofra Archer and Unadkat will be the lead pacers, and the pace trio will be complete by the inclusion of rookie fast bowler Tyagi, whose strength lies in bowling yorkers at will.
The wildcard in the side will be Tyagi’s under-19 teammate and new-ball partner Akash Singh, who can provide another left-arm option and can hit the deck at pace.
Weaknesses: Getting Right Combination was always a headache for Rajasthan Team and it would be difficult to find this time as well. Suffling in Team can backfire the RR.
Uthappa’s Form in last few edition of IPL were not good and it can cause problems for RR team.Inexperinced Indian Fast Bowling unit and Lack of finger spinner can cause Big trouble to Rajasthan Royals.
Probable Team Eleven: Joss Buttler (wk), Robin Uthappa/Yashasvi Jaiswal,Steven Smith (C), sanju Samson,Ben Stokes,Riyan Parag,Jofra Archer,Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatiya,Jayadev Unadkat,Varun Aaron.
Team Verdict and Prediction: RR full of Fierce Foreign Player but there lower Order and Inexperienced Bowling the attack can put him on the back seat. My prediction For RR: Bottom Four
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