Under new Skipper Steve Smith the franchise may challenge for only their second title. With new recruits like Robin Uthappa and David Miller the team looks set to have a go at it once again.
Emphasis on Home grown Players
Rajasthan Royals have always been a team willing to give opportunity to youngsters to express, Whether it be Swapnil Asnodkar or a young Kamran Khan, Rajasthan Royals have always been true pioneers of what the IPL stand for making players like Sanju Samson household names.
Coach Andrew Macdonald is quite confident of what his coaching staff can get out of such a young squad and also the decision to hand the captaincy to Steve Smith, The Aussie reflected on their home grown players by stating “We’ve added some depth in terms of our left-hand batting, in particular in (Anuj) Rawat and (Yashashvi) Jaiswal among the home-grown players, so we think we’ve got some options there”
The Core of Matchwinners
The senior squad of Rajasthan Royals are coming of a very good International season, With World cup winners Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler the flagbearers of flashy cricket, To compliment them they have Tom Curran, Oshane Thomas and Andrew Tye. Shreyas Gopal will take lead in the spinning department after impressing last year in the IPL, Which also included a hattrick against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In every squad there are certain young players that we should watch out for, This team is littered with that kind of talent, Will it be Riyan Parag’s year with some sixes down the order or will Rahul Tewatia finally live upto his potential, Don’t forget Manan Vohra or even Varun Aaron making a difference.
The X-Factor still continues to be Steven Smith, With the kind of season he has under his belt you would’nt put it past him to take the orange cap home as well, Winning the Big Bash League with Sydney Sixers as well as a fabulous Ashes campaign, Steve Smith was unstoppable last summer with over 3500 runs scored in the last 18 months his confidence is bound to be skyhigh.
Steven Smith and Jofra Archer will also have to do some serious heavy lifting if Ben Stokes is not available for the tournament, Andrew Macdonald addressed his absence by stating “First and foremost, thoughts with the Stokes family. It’s a difficult scenario, so we’re giving him as much time as he needs, and connecting with him as best we can”. “So yeah, we’re not sure where Stokesy’s at right now, but once it has played out, then we can make our decisions from there. But I don’t want to second-guess what will happen with him just yet” – Andrew Macdonald told ESPN.
Predicted XI : Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron.