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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to interrupt elite sport, and preparations for the 2021 IPL are no different. The 2020 season was delayed and played outside of India for just the 3rd time. The 2021 season will be affected too.
The provisional date for the 2021 auction is the 11th February, with franchises having to release their lists of retained and released players by 20th January. Further details of the auction have still not been decided, including the venue and due to the pandemic, all of these plans are subject to change.
As soon as the auction has been completed, we will update this page, preview the 2021 season and make predictions about the Royals. Be sure to check back in for the latest news on RR and the 2021 Indian Premier League season soon.
Of the eight teams taking part in the 2020 Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals are amongst the outsiders. Most bookmakers have them as seventh favourites at odds of 10.0, just ahead of Kings XI Punjab.
Mumbai Indians are the reigning IPL champions from 2019 and are perhaps unsurprisingly the favourites to retain their crown. You can find odds of 5.0 for them to win again, with Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad tied as next favourites at 6.0 amongst bookies giving India cricket betting tips.
RR finished seventh in the league section of the IPL last year, so their price in the betting is in line with their performance. Yet when you consider that they finished only a point behind fourth placed Sunrisers Hyderabad, it’s far from impossible for them to challenge for a playoff spot and the Rajasthan Royals betting could provide value at 10.0.
There have been a number of new players signed in the summer that could give Rajasthan some fresh impetus.
Rajasthan Royals have long been known as the IPL team that follow the ‘Moneyball’ philosophy, picking up relatively unknown players for bargain prices, in the hope of turning them into stars.
On the evidence of the IPL 2020 auction, that philosophy remains in place. With eleven signings, the Rajasthan Royals added more players to their roster than any other team, with five of their new recruits being uncapped. The 18-year old batting prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal is the most exciting of those yet to play at international level.
Amongst the other new capped signings are Robin Uthappa, David Miller and Tom Curran – none of which are regulars for their respective international sides. There is already an impressive core of experienced internationals in place though, such as Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and Ben Stokes. So, there appears to be a good balance amongst the playing staff.
It’s a well put together squad with most positions adequately covered. They seem especially equipped to play an exciting batting lineup. If there’s a weakness, it could be with the ball, with the bowlers potentially over-reliant on the pace of England’s Jofra Archer.
The Rajasthan Royals player that most will be expected of in 2020 is undoubtedly the England all-rounder Ben Stokes. In 2019, Stokes cemented his position as one of the world’s best cricketers with his performances for England and was awarded the ICC men’s cricketer of the year award.
He was instrumental in England winning the Cricket World Cup in the summer, scoring an unbeaten 84 in the final against New Zealand, which included two sixes in the final over to tie the game, which England went on to win on the boundary count back rule.
He then showed his brilliance in an Ashes match against Australia, as he inspired England to victory in the third test at Headingley. His unbeaten 135 saw England successfully reach a record target of 359 that had been set by the Aussies and has been described as one of the greatest innings of all time.
Stokes performances over the past couple of years for Rajasthan Royals have been solid rather than spectacular, but with his game and confidence at an all-time high, you should consider him as one of the contenders to be the MVP of IPL 2020.
Two other England players that can also deliver are Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. Buttler both keeps wicket for the Royals and opens the batting, while as previously mentioned, the pace of Jofra Archer is something that the team will be reliant upon.
Not that Rajasthan Royals are without other bowling talents. Shreyas Gopal was named in the Cricinfo IPL XI for the 2019 season, after a season in which the right-arm leg break took 20 wickets. This included a hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore in which he took the wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis.
Yet it is with the bat that there seems to be most potential within the team and is an area in which improvement is needed, based on last season’s performances. Buttler, Sanju Samson and Steve Smith did well in 2019, but can all achieve more.
It will also be fascinating to see if the newly signed youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal will get much of an opportunity to show what he can do at this level. He looks to have the raw talent to do great things in the sport.
Jaiswal could be the sort of unexpected game-changer that could push Rajasthan Royals towards a top four finish and a playoff place. Keep your eye on his progress.
One of the initial eight franchises that were founder members of the IPL in 2008, Rajasthan Royals have had a rich history, with every great success matched with a contrasting failure or controversy.
Their most successful IPL season was their first one. As is the case with betting during the IPL 2020 season, Rajasthan Royals were not considered title contenders, but they nevertheless won the 2008 IPL under the captaincy of the legendary Australian spin bowler Shane Warne.
It was Warne’s Australian teammate Shane Watson that was pivotal to the team’s triumph. Scoring 472 runs and taking 17 wickets, the all-rounder was named Man of the Tournament, as Rajasthan Royals won the league and then defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final.
This remains the only time that Rajasthan Royals have won the IPL. They have made the playoffs three times since, finishing third in 2013 and fourth in both 2015 and 2018, but have failed to make it through to the final. The closest they’ve came was in 2013, when they made it through to the second qualifier, only to lose by four wickets to the eventual winners Mumbai Indians. Once again Watson was named as the Man of the Tournament in that year.
Last season’s finish of eighth was their worst effort, even if they were only 2 points behind a playoff spot. Rajasthan Royals also finished seventh in 2010, 2012 and 2019, but the 2019 win rate of 38.46% was the lowest in the team’s history and highlights the work that needs to be done going forward.
If that was the lowest moment in terms of performance, it was far from being the low point overall. Rajasthan have been involved in two major IPL controversies. In 2010 the BCCI decided to expel the Royals and Kings XI Punjab from the IPL, on charges of transgression of shareholding and ownership norms.
An appeal and arbitration process saw Rajasthan Royals keep their place, but it wasn’t long before another major issue arose. In 2015 the Lodha Committee banned the team from competing in the IPL for two years for the betting activities of key officials, which included the Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra, who was banned for life.
The ban highlights the challenge faced by RR when they returned in 2018, after two years in the wilderness. They have been erratic in the years since returning, with fourth and seventh and eighth placed finishes. They will be hoping to show more consistency going forward and avoid more destabilising controversies.
The highest total ever recorded by Rajasthan Royals was the 223/5 scored against Chennai Super Kings in 2010.
Rajasthan Royals won the 2008 Indian Premier League. Shane Watson was named as Player of the Series in both 2008 and 2013.
Based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, the team play at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. It has a capacity of 30,000.
Until the 2018 IPL season, Rajasthan Royals wore a blue kit. In 2019 they switched to pink, initially in order to raise awareness for breast cancer. Such was the popularity of the kit with the fans, that they stuck with it to celebrate Jaipur’s reputation as India’s ‘pink city’. Every building in Jaipur’s centre is a terracotta pink colour.
The team’s mascot is a lion called Moochu Singh.
As the seventh favourite to win the IPL 2020 at 10.0, the Rajasthan Royals are amongst the outsiders, but that was also the case when they won the inaugural IPL in 2008.
There is lot of talent within the ranks of the Rajasthan Royals 2020 squad, with the likes of Ben Stokes and Steve Smith unarguably being among the elite group of the world’s best cricketers. Both were playing for Rajasthan last season though, when they and the team underperformed. The Royals need their biggest stars to step up and deliver.
There will certainly have to be a big improvement from RR if they are to reach the playoffs. The Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings all look certain to finish in the top four, leaving one playoff spot for the remaining five teams to fight over.
Rajasthan Royals finished fourth as recently as 2018, so that’s far from impossible. Their odds of 10.0 to win the competition look to be realistic, based on last season’s performances, but they remain live outsiders. The opening Rajasthan Royals fixtures should tell you a lot about their prospects and whether they can make the necessary improvements.
Rajasthan Royals returned to the IPL in 2018 after a two-year suspension.
Steve Smith is the Rajasthan Royals captain. Also the captain of Australia, Smith is widely thought to be the best batsman in test cricket.
The team is jointly owned between four shareholders. Amisha Hathiramani owns 44.2%. Manoj Badale has 32.4%, Lachlan Murdoch has 11.7% and Shane Warne has 3%.
Although there are arguments to make for Steve Smith or Ben Stokes being the best batsman in the Rajasthan Royals squad, statistically it would be Jos Buttler. The England player has the highest average of any Rajasthan Royals batsman in the team’s history, recording 47.72 over his two seasons.
Jos Buttler is likely to be the starting wicket keeper for Rajasthan Royals. Other options are Anuj Rawat, Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa.