The Rajasthan Royals are back in the Indian Premier League and will start their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. Rajasthan Royals’ journey in the Indian Premier League makes you feel for them. An underdog outfit that won the inaugural season leaving everyone in awe, continued to produce and promote young talent, was rocked with the spot-fixing scandal, banned for over two years and with just 2 weeks left for its comeback, RR found its captain Steve Smith banned for next 12 months for one of the most disgraceful acts in modern day cricket. Smith has been replaced by Heinrich Klassen, a player who may not even make it to the playing XI.
IPL 2018 Rajasthan Royals team squad & Matches Details
Rajasthan Royal Solid Batting Order And Mystery Players:
Rajasthan Royals’ biggest strength this season would be their solid batting-order which is a mix of attacking and technically strong batsmen. With top 3 spots taken by Rahane, Short, and Tripathi, Sanju Samson will slot in at number 4. The Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman has been around for a while and has shown his talent but this could be a season where he can set the stage on fire with his batting.Jos Buttler at 5 and Ben Stokes at 6 will play the role of finishers for Rajasthan Royals. Both these batsmen can change the game in quick time as they have done on a number of occasions for England and their respective franchises.
What makes Rajasthan Royals a more dangerous side is the presence of a few unknown, rather mystery players who can turn out to be real match-winners. Darcy Short is one of them who was the leading run-scorer in last year’s Big Bash League. In the lower order, RR will have two more players – Krishnappa Gowtham and Jofra Archer who can prove to be their trump card this season.
Rajasthan Royals Inexperienced Bowling Unit:
As much quality as Rajasthan Royals posses in their batting order, their bowling attack remains to be a big worry. The franchise spent heavily on Jaydev Unadkat but his form in the last few months would have made RR fans and management nervous. The other two Indian fast-bowlers in the team are Dhawal Kulkarni and Anureet Singh who have been around for a long time but have failed to establish themselves as match-winners. Since Royals already have two pace options in Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, they are unlikely to play an overseas seamer.
Rajasthan Royals team squad 2018
|INDIAN PLAYERS||FOREIGN PLAYERS|
|Ajinkya Rahane (captain)||Heinrich Klaasen (replaced banned Steve Smith)|
|Stuart Binny||Ben Stokes|
|Sanju Samson||Jos Buttler|
|Rahul Tripathi||D’Arcy Short|
|Gowtham Krishnappa||Jofra Archer|
|Dhawal Kulkarni||Ben Laughlin|
|Jaydev Unadkat||Dushmanta Chameera|
|Anureet Singh Kathuria||Ish Sodhi (replaced injured Zahir Pakteen)|
|Aryaman Vikram Birla|
Rajasthan Royals Matches schedule 2018:
- Monday 9th April 2018: Match 4, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad- Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals
- Wednesday 11th April 2018: Match 6, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur- Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils
- Sunday 15th April 2018: Match 11, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru- Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals
- Wednesday 18th April 2018: Match 15, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur- Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders
- Friday 20th April 2018: Match 17, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai- Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals
- Sunday 22nd April 2018: Match 21, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur- Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians
- Sunday 29th April 2018: Match 28, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur- Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad
- Wednesday 2nd May 2018: Match 32, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi- Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals
- Sunday 6th May 2018: Match 38, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali- Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals
- Tuesday 8th May 2018: Match 40, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur- Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab
- Friday 11th May 2018: Match 43, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur- Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings
- Sunday 13th May 2018: Match 47, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai- Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals
- Tuesday 15th May 2018: Match 49, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata- Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
- Saturday 19th May 2018: Match 53, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur- Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore