Rajasthan Royals released 8 players ahead of IPL 2021 auction and spent Rs. 24.20 crore to buy new 8 players during the mini-auction. Rajasthan Royals made Chris Morris the biggest-buy in IPL auction history, after purchasing him for Rs. 16.25 crore. Shivam Dube at Rs. 4.4 crore was another big buy for Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals finished on the 8th spot in IPL 2020. The franchisee, who won the IPL debut season in 2008, eye to showcase a better performance in IPL 2021. Here we look at the best-predicted XI for Rajasthan Royals for the first game of IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Best Predicted XI Of Rajasthan Royals For The First Match
After the ouster of Steve Smith, Sanju Samson is the best choice as skipper. He will be leading Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021 season. The wicket-keeper batsman played some fabulous innings last season. Samson was Rajasthan Royals’ highest run-getter in IPL 2020 with 375 runs in 14 innings. He had a strike rate of 158+ and also hit three fifties. His amazing strike rate will be beneficial at the opening spot.
With his hard-hitting ability, Jos Buttler will be a great opener for Rajasthan Royals. In last season, Jos Buttler played 12 innings scoring 328 runs. He had a superb strike rate of 144+ throughout the season and also hit 2 fifties. He will be a great support to Sanju Samson as an opener.
Ben Stokes showcased his spectacular batting skills last season when he smashed 285 runs in just 8 innings. The English all-rounder also hit 1 century and 1 half-century at a strike rate of 142.5. He will be a crucial player for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021.
Manan Vohra is a good option for a batsman for Rajasthan Royals. Vohra has been part of the team for a long time and he has also played great knocks for Rajasthan Royals in the past. He will be a great batsman in the middle-order position.
With the ouster of Tom Curran, Riyan Parag should be given an opportunity in the playing 11. The 20-year-old youngster Parag played 12 matches for Rajasthan Royals last season during which he scored 86 runs in 8 games. Parag can develop his skills in IPL 2021 edition and thus team should give him more opportunities to prove his worth.
All-rounder Shivam Dube became one of the notable buys of Rajasthan Royals after he was bought for Rs. 4.4 crore in IPL 2021 auction. While playing for Royals Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020, Dube took 4 wickets in 5 innings he bowled. He also scored 129 runs in 9 innings. Dube is a great player who emerges as useful in pressure situations. He will be a good all-rounder to induct in the playing 11.
Rahul Tewatia’s name became popular when he smashed five consecutive sixes to Sheldon Cottrell in IPL 2020. He scored 255 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 139+ in the last IPL edition. He has also earned his selection in the national team for the upcoming five T20I matches against England. Rahul Tewatia has proved how dangerous he can be with the bat in recent times. His quick-batting style will help Rajasthan Royals to a great extent.
Right-arm leg-break bowler Shreyas Gopal will be a good choice for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. In IPL 2020, Shreyas Gopal accounted for 10 wickets in 14 games at an economy of 8.54. He also scored 37 runs in 5 innings he played. Rajasthan Royals doesn’t have many options in the spin category and Shreyas Gopal emerges as the best option available.
Chris Morris has become Rajasthan Royals’ most prominent investment after bagging Rs. 16.25 crore contract with the team. Last season, he played 9 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore and grabbed 11 wickets. He also accounted for a four-wicket haul in a match. Rajasthan Royals has shown great trust in the South African cricketer during IPL 2021 auction. He should attack from the front in the first game in IPL 2021.
Jofra Archer is the biggest bowling weapon that Rajasthan Royals comprise of. The English bowler has dominated batsmen with his pace and bouncers in recent time. Last season, he took 20 wickets in 14 games at an excellent economy of 6.55. He must be allowed to lead the bowling from the front along with Chris Morris.
Jaydev Unadkat did not have a great stint in IPL 2020 but he is among the best fast bowlers in India. Since there are only four slots for foreign players in IPL tournaments, Unadkat is among the best domestic bowlers Rajasthan Royals have. Giving more opportunities to the left-arm medium-pacer will help him to develop his skills.