Squad Analysis of Rajasthan Royals for the IPL 2018.

Rajasthan Royals are back to the IPL business after a gap of 2 years and they played smartly in the auction by buying some Big Bash league talents and retained the core team of RPS who reached the finals of 2017 edition under the leadership of Smith. Royals retained only Smith before the auction and retained Rahane and Kulkarni via RTM. They also went all-out to buy Stokes and Unadkat for 12.5 and 11.5 crores respectively. Where both of them played a vital role in bringing RPS to the finals of 2017 edition and Stokes was the most valuable player in the last edition where he scored 316 runs and picked up 16 wickets, making him the costliest player of the season once again. Unadkat became the costliest Indian buy who took 24 wickets at an average of 13.41 in the last edition. Let us now analyze the strength and weakness of the squad.

RR at Auction

Indian

Overseas
Players Bought 15

8

 

Amount Spent (Crores)

Average Amount Spent (Crores)

Indian

36.15 2.41
Overseas 42.2

5.275

Total 78.35

3.40

Strengths

Balanced Batting unit: They have the likes of Smith, Rahane at the top who are known for the consistent performances. They also roped in Tripathi who has been a star performer for RPS in the last edition known for his destructive batting and had a good in a current domestic season with Maharashtra. They have Butler in the middle who is a good finisher in the shortest format of the game.

Big Bash Flavor: They bought Hobart hurricanes stars Jofra Archer and Short who had a good run in this year’s Big Bash. Short who became the first player in BBL history to cross 500 runs. On the other hand, they Signed the upcoming sensation Jofra archer for 7.2 crores who is having a good run at this year’s BBL with Hobart and has impressed everyone with his all-around performance. He picked up 16 wickets at an average of 23.18 in 2018 BBL edition who can bowl at a pace of 145 Kmph plus. He comes handy with the bat too who can finish the game down the order as he has a strike rate of 145.45 in T20’s.

Pace Attack: The pace unit will be led by Unadkat who has been excellent for RPS last season and has been enjoying a good stint with the national team currently. It will be boosted by the likes of Laughlin who has been consistent wicket-taker in BBL. They have also signed Kulkarni and Afghanistan’s youngster Zahir Khan to provide a variety of options for Smith.

Weakness

Inexperienced Players: They have invested more in uncapped players as they do in all auctions. It may haunt them in the middle of the season as some of the youngsters can’t handle pressure due to lack of experienced.

They fully depend on overseas players for experience, but with the limit on overseas players can play in a match will be a concern for Smith.

Weak Spin attack: They lack a world class spinner and invested hugely in Gowtham and is inexperienced to get rid of some powerful hitters in the game. Apart from him, there is no notable spinner in the squad.

RR SQUAD

Batsmen

All-Rounders Bowlers

Indian

Aryaman Birla

Stuart Binny

Sudhesan Midhun

Prashant Chopra Shreyas Gopal

Anureet Singh

Ajinkya Rahane

Mahipal Lomror Krishnappa Gowtham

Sanju Samson

Ankit Sharma

Dhawal Kulkarni

Jatin Saxena

Jaydev Unadkat

Rahul Tripathi

Overseas

Jos Butler

Jofra Archer Dushmantha Chameera

Darcy Short

Ben Stokes Ben Laughlin

Steven Smith

Zahir Khan

As a final say they are a well-balanced side completely dependent on Stokes and Unadkat, but they lack a quality spinner in the side. They also will be fully reliable on Smith and Rahane in batting unit. Overseas selection will be a little concern for the team as they go further in the IPL. The are banking on the talent of their uncapped buys.

In my next blog, I will be doing the analysis of Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad for the IPL 2018.

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