In the fourth match of the IPL 2021, Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) this Monday (12th April) night.
The inaugural IPL champions (2008) Rajasthan Royals have never reached the final once again for the second time. In the last two IPL seasons, they finished in the seventh and eighth positions respectively.
IPL 2021, Match 4: Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings (RR vs PBKS) – RR Predicted Playing XI
Jos Buttler (wk)
In the IPL 2020, Jos Buttler was not in huge form but he was the second most run-scorer for Rajasthan Royals by scoring 328 runs in 12 innings. In the recent Asian tour, Buttler played some impressive knocks but he wasn’t consistent enough, especially in limited-overs cricket. Buttler is one of the crucial names of this side in the IPL 2021, so, he has to perform more consistently.
In his 40 IPL matches till 2018, Manan Vohra scored 1012 runs with an average of 23.53, including three fifties with his best score of 95 runs. But recently, he was in great form with the bat for his domestic team Chandigarh in both the T20 and List A tournaments.
IPL 2020 was not a good period for the teenager Riyan Parag as he scored 86 runs in eight innings. But in last January, the 19-year-old was in impressive form in the domestic T20 league Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21, where he scored four 40s, including three half-centuries, out of five innings. Surely, it will give huge confidence to him ahead of the IPL 2021.
Sanju Samson (C)
While Sanju Samson was the leading run-scorer for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020 (375 runs in 14 matches), he is now leading this team in the IPL 2021. Recently, he has faced some ups and downs in his cricket career as lack of consistency is one of his major weakness.
All-rounder Ben Stokes played a very important role for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020 despite he wasn’t available for around half of the matches. In that IPL season, Stokes scored 285 runs in eight innings with a century and a half-century, and he also bagged two wickets. Surely, he is going to be one of the most important cricketers for the side in the IPL 2021.
In the IPL 2020, Rahul Tewatia played some good roles in the middle-order batting, including his unforgettable match-winning knock of 53 off 31 balls against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), who are now Punjab Kings (PBKS), where Rahul also smashed five sixes in an over to Sheldon Cottrell in the game-changing 18th over. Rajasthan Royals believe that Rahul can again perform strongly in the IPL 2021 as he was in good form in the recent domestic matches.
All-rounder Shivam Dube hasn’t much impressed in his IPL career yet where he has played 15 matches in the last two seasons. However, he is now improving as he recently performed well in the domestic matches. He can play a useful role for his team.
South African cricketer Chris Morris became the most expensive cricketer in IPL auction history when Rajasthan Royals bought him for INR 16.25 crore in the IPL 2021 Auction. In the last two IPL seasons, Morris bowled really well as he got 13 and 11 wickets respectively after playing nine matches in each season. His experiences are the big plus point for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021 as he has got 80 wickets in 70 matches. Also, he is a useful striker with the bat in the lower order.
In the IPL 2020, leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal picked up 10 wickets in 14 matches as he hugely struggled to maintain consistency. However, in the recent domestic matches, he was really consistent which can give him huge confidence before their first game in the IPL 2021.
The left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who finished as the second most wicket-taker in the IPL 2017, struggled to perform well enough in the last three seasons. But he is always a strong bowler in domestic cricket, and recently he also maintained that image during the short domestic cricket season.
In IPL 2018, Australian pacer Andrew Tye won the Purpler Cap. Though he has played 7 more IPL matches since then and got only four wickets, he is still a quality pacer in T20 cricket, who got 21 wickets in 16 games during the BBL 2020/21.