RR Playing XI vs KKR in IPL 2021: Manan Vohra likely to be dropped, who will open for RR with Jos Buttler?

RR Playing XI vs KKR in IPL 2021: Manan Vohra likely to be dropped, who will open for RR with Jos Buttler?
RR Playing XI vs KKR in IPL 2021: Manan Vohra likely to be dropped, who will open for RR with Jos Buttler?

RR vs KKR, IPL 2021 – RR Playing XI: If there is one thing Sanju Samson and Rajasthan Royals team management would wish for in the current situation is the availability of Ben Stokes. Ever since the English all-rounder was ruled out due to finger injury, RR’s top-order has looked in shambles, especially the opening pair. In Stokes’ absence, Jos Buttler was paired with Manan Vohra for the opening spot, while David Miller took over the No.4 position. However, the Butler-Vohra partnership has failed to rake fruits for the franchise. In the upcoming clash against Kolkata Knight Riders, Samson could make a change to the opening combination by resting struggling Vohra.

RR vs KKR, IPL 2021 – RR Playing XI: Who can replace Manan Vohra as Rajasthan’s new opener?

Since last year, Royals have experimented with several opening combinations at the top. Vohra was entrusted with the responsibility this season. However, he failed to deliver. HE is the worst performer in Rajasthan’s batting line-up in four games. The 27-year-old has scored just 42 runs at a strike rate and an average of 107.69 and 10.51 respectively. While Buttler has a permanent place in the playing XI it is Vohra who will find himself sharp end of the axe.

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IPL 2021: Most runs by Rajasthan batter this season

POS

PLAYER

Mat

Runs

Avg

SR

1

Sanju Samson

4

145

36.25

162.92

2

Shivam Dube

4

88

22.00

118.91

3

Jos Buttler

4

84

21.00

133.33

4

Rahul Tewatia

4

81

20.25

137.28

5

David Miller

3

64

21.33

128.00

6

Riyan Parag

4

55

13.75

141.02

7

Chris Morris

4

48

24.00

154.83

8

Manan Vohra

4

42

10.50

107.69

 

RR vs KKR: RR find themselves in a tough situation as they are only left with inexperienced Indian players as replacements. Captain Sanju Samson has at his disposal six uncapped batsmen with a decent domestic record, but the management is yet to look beyond certain choices and fully explore their talent.

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RR vs KKR – Will Yashasvi Jaiswal get a chance? One option they have is Yashasvi Jaiswal. A hot pick in the IPL 2020 auctions, Royals spent INR 2.40 crore for the youngster and looked willingly to invest in him. However, just after three games, Jaiswal was benched in the UAE last year. With a precocious talent like him, who was also the highest run-getter in the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup, Samson would like to back him up. Known for playing spin better, the left-handed batsman can be a true asset to the Royals’ top order. He can also come in handy as a leg-spinner

Yashaswi Jaiswal’s stats:

FORMAT

MAT

RUNS

AVE

SR

FC

1

20

20.00

47.61

List A

21

987

51.94

85.82

T20

8

143

17.87

115.32

 

RR vs KKR, IPL 2021 – RR Playing XI: Is there any other option?

Another possibility is to promote Samson as Buttler’s partner and Miller at No.3. This would open options for the likes of Mahipal Lormor. The left-hander, who is an explosive middle-order batsman, has in the last three years played a crucial role for Rajasthan in domestic cricket. In the recently concluded domestic season, he was the second-highest run-getter for Rajasthan in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 173 runs from seven matches, scored at a strike rate of 160.18. He was also the highest scorer for his state team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 272 runs off five games. He can also be useful as a part-time left-arm spinner.

RR vs KKR – Likely Playing XI vs KKR in IPL 2021: 

Jos Buttler, Yashaswi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman

RR vs KKR, IPL 2021 – RR Playing XI: Manan Vohra likely to be dropped

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