IPL 2021, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, is expected to begin next month: here’s a look at the Rajasthan Royals (RR), as the franchise looks to better their 2020 showing where they finished last in the points table.
RR finished bottom of the 2020 competition but remained in the hunt for a play-off spot until the dying stages of the group phase. In the end, despite finishing last, they came just two points behind Sunrisers Hyderabad in third place. In 2021, after a change in captaincy and a change in head coach, they’ll be hoping to improve sufficiently so as to secure that elusive play-off spot.
IPL 2021 RR team preview
Sanju Samson has been entrusted with the captaincy after Steve Smith’s release from the franchise prior to this year’s mini-auction. RR attracted headlines from the auction after signing South African quick for an all-time record IPL fee. Morris, who endured a quietly impressive tournament in 2020 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, will give Jofra Archer much-needed support in the pace attack and some extra fire power down the order, in a side that has generally been overly reliant on a small group of players in its recent past.
The Royals retained Yashasvi Jaiswal and Kartik Tyagi, two of India’s stars at last year’s U19 World Cup but who struggled in their maiden IPLs. RR will be hoping that after a season of acclimatisation, the pair will be better equipped to succeed this time round. Rahul Tewatia, one of the breakout stars of the 2020 competition, remains with the franchise.
Rajasthan Royals coaching staff
Head coach: Vacant
Director of cricket: Kumar Sangakkara
Lead assistant coach: Trevor Penney
Batting coaches: Amol Muzumdar, Sid Lahiri
Fast bowling coach: Rob Cassell
Fast bowling development coach: Steffan Jones
Spin bowling coach: Sairaj Bahutule
Spin bowling consultant: Ish Sodhi
Rajasthan Royals IPL 2021 Fixtures
12/04 – Mumbai – Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings, 7.30pm
15/04 – Mumbai – Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals, 7.30pm
19/04 – Mumbai – Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 7.30pm
22/04 – Mumbai – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals, 7.30pm
24/04 – Mumbai – Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 7.30pm
29/04 – Delhi – Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, 3.30pm
02/05 – Delhi – Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 3.30pm
05/05 – Delhi – Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, 7.30pm
08/05 – Delhi – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30pm
11/05 – Kolkata – Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals, 7.30pm
13/05 – Kolkata – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, 7.30pm
16/05 – Kolkata – Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 3.30pm
18/05 – Bangalore – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, 7.30pm
22/05 – Bangalore – Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 7.30pm
Rajasthan Royals squad
Sanju Samson (c), David Miller, Ben Stokes, Chris Morris, Liam Livingstone, Shivam Dube, Jos Buttler, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Undadkat, Mustafizur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rahul Tewatia, Anju Rawat, Shreyas Gopal, KC Cariappa, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldip Yadav,
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