Rajasthan Royals (RR)
RR is one of the most popular franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team is based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and was one of the original eight franchises that took part in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008. Over the years, the team has had a mixed bag of performances, but their never-say-die attitude and their ability to surprise opponents have won them a legion of fans around the world.
RR Team History:
The Rajasthan Royals franchise is owned by Manoj Badale, an entrepreneur from the UK. The team was purchased for a sum of $67 million, making it one of the cheapest franchises in the IPL. Despite being one of the most affordable teams, the Royals have been able to compete with the best teams in the league.
Under the captaincy of the Australian Shane Warne, the Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008. Warne led the team from the front and was instrumental in their success. He was supported by a talented team that included the likes of Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson, Graeme Smith, and Sohail Tanvir.
RR Team Performance:
Since their victory in the inaugural season, the Rajasthan Royals have had a mixed bag of performances. They have qualified for the playoffs on four occasions, and they have also finished at the bottom of the table on three occasions. The team has never made it to the finals since its victory in 2008.
In the 2020 season, the Rajasthan Royals had a decent performance, finishing in the sixth position. The team won six out of their 14 matches and missed out on a playoff spot by two points. The highlight of their campaign was their victory over the Kings XI Punjab, where they chased down a mammoth total of 224 runs in just 19.3 overs. Sanju Samson played a scintillating knock of 85 runs off just 42 balls to guide the Royals to a famous victory.
The Rajasthan Royals have always been known for their ability to spot young talent and give them a platform to showcase their skills. The team has produced some of the most exciting young players in the IPL over the years, including the likes of Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, and Riyan Parag.
In the 2021 season, the Rajasthan Royals have a well-balanced squad that can compete with the best teams in the league. The team has some of the best overseas players in the league, including Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Chris Morris. The team also has a strong Indian contingent, which includes Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, and Jaydev Unadkat.
One of the most exciting prospects for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2021 season is the young South African pacer, Gerald Coetzee. Coetzee is a talented fast bowler who has impressed in domestic cricket in South Africa. He was picked up by the Rajasthan Royals in the 2021 IPL auction for a sum of Rs. 1.4 crore, and he will be looking to make a mark in his debut season.
Sanju Samson is the captain of the Rajasthan Royals for the 2021 season. Samson is a talented wicketkeeper-batsman who has been a consistent performer for the Royals over the years. He made his debut for the team in 2013 and has been a regular in the squad ever since.
Samson has a lot of experience in the IPL, having played for the Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, and the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants. He has scored over 2500 runs in the IPL.