IPL 2020 : Will Rajasthan Royals weave magic of IPL 2008 in IPL 2020, Check out

Winners of the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) edition in 2008, Rajasthan Royals over the years, have emerged as the team with a lower winning ratio as compared to some of the other prominent teams. While they do have three playoffs under their belt, RR never imbued the confidence of going the distance in those seasons. 

In a nutshell, Rajasthan has been the team that packs a punch for small durations, and crumbles under pressure against the big names. With the IPL 2020 around the corner, there are fresh expectations and the InsideSport prediction gives their fans an overview of what to expect and what not

1. Strength

Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020: (Cream crop of overseas players)

Rajasthan Royals have four terrific overseas players in Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. The trio of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler were instrumental in England’s World Cup-winning campaign in 2019. They are all potential match-winners in their own right and one of RR’s biggest strengths.

Furthermore, Ben Stokes is possibly the most complete all-rounder in the entire world and can win matches both with the bat and ball. On the other hand, it was Jos Buttler who turned things around for the team in the last season with a string of half-centuries. He is expected to star at the top of the order this season and don the gloves as well.

Although his credentials are not that celebrated in T20Is, Steve Smith remains one of the foremost batsmen in limited-overs cricket. Moreover, if the team decides to entrust the captaincy with him, it will further give a boost to the side as Smith has a pretty good idea of marshalling the troops.

Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020: Young Indian core

The franchise has excellent depth and balance of players to do the job. Of course there would be presence of quality foreign players like Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and David Miller, but the core of the team lies in its youngsters, who would be looking to make a mark for themselves. Yashaswi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag and Kartik Tyagi — all products of U-19 World Cups, would look to perform to the best of their abilities and win some matches for their side. 
 

2. Weakness

Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020: Getting the right combination would be a challenge

With ₹ 28.9 crores in their kitty, Rajasthan Royals had a busy auction and roped in as many as 11 players. Some of the biggest buys are experienced campaigner Robin Uthappa, Tom Curran, David Miller, and Andrew Tye. Jaydev Unadkat and Oshane Thomas were also bought back. Apart from these, an interesting buy for the inaugural IPL champions is 17-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was roped in for a massive ₹ 2.40 crores. That was some auction for the Rajasthan Royals!

With so many new additions in the side, getting the combination right early on would be a difficult task for the Royals. It is always good to have multiple players in the team who have played together for a few years at least. Shuffling the team so much however can backfire for Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020: No bowling spearhead

The bowling of RR consists of players like Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 8.4 cr), Varun Aaron (Rs 2.4 cr) and Oshane Thomas (Rs 1.1 cr) who are capable but far from consistent. And this is what can come back to haunt the team.

Jaydev Unadkat went for over Rs 11 cr last year and had a disappointing season. Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron are also known for their pace and not their variations. In the shortest format of the game, there is always a risk that the faster the ball comes on to the bat, the faster it flies back.

3. X-factor (Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020)

From making his debut for England to winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Jofra Archer has had an incredible 2019. The Englishman has been the shining light of RR for the last couple of seasons.

Archer was brilliant last season during IPL 2019 as he picked up 11 wickets from 11 games, at an economy rate of just 6.67, which is incredible really when one considers the fact that the Englishman bowls often in the powerplay and the death. He hasn’t shown his exploits with the bat in the IPL yet but it is fair to say that he can use the long handle of the bat every now and then.

Not only that, Archer is brilliant in the field and is an incredible athlete. A lot will be riding on Archer if RR are to make it to the playoffs.

4. Jersey and Sponsor (Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020)

RR’s Principal Sponsors this year are: TV9 Bharatvarsh, sanitary pad brand Niine, Jio, Fena and KEI Wires & cables.
RR’s Associate Sponsors are Colgate, APIS Honey ad sports wear company Alcis Sports while its Official Partners are- Dream 11, Balkrishna Industries Ltd (BKT) and Kingfisher.
 

IPL 2020 Rajasthan Royals (RR) Full Schedule

Match No Date Teams vs Teams Venue Time
match 4 22-Sep Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 07:30 PM
match 9 27-Sep Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 07:30 PM
match 12 30-Sep Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 07:30 PM
match 15 03-Oct Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 03:30 PM
match 20 06-Oct Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 07:30 PM
match 23 09-Oct Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 07:30 PM
match 26 11-Oct Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 03:30 PM
match 30 14-Oct Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 07:30 PM
match 33 17-Oct Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 03:30 PM
match 37 19-Oct Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 07:30 PM
match 40 22-Oct Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 07:30 PM
match 45 25-Oct Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 07:30 PM
match 50 30-Oct Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 07:30 PM
match 54 01-Nov Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai 07:30 PM