Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian player Sanjay Manjrekar figures that the Rajasthan Royals (RR) missed an all-rounder like Rahul Tewatia during their IPL 2022 season. Conceding that Riyan Parag assumes a comparable part, the 56-year-old expressed, in any case, that he isn’t sufficiently steady.

RR partook in a decent season and come to their first final since the debut IPL in 2008. In any case, they couldn’t make it over the line and were pounded by seven wickets by the Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

RR Needs Someone Like Rahul Tewatia: Sanjay Manjrekar

Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia during their time at RR (Image Courtesy: Twitter)
Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia during their time at RR (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Pondering the Sanju Samson-drove side’s exhibition in the season, Manjrekar conceded that they have most bases covered. He, nonetheless, added that RR needs a decent middle-order hitter who can contribute with the ball too. During a conversation on ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar said:

“RR have got 80-90 percent of the team right for the next season as well. They need a batter who is a little more consistent than, maybe, a Riyan Parag and can also bowl 2-3 overs. Somebody like a Rahul Tewatia should be a good fit. Otherwise, the side looks okay.”

Unexpectedly, Tewatia was with Rajasthan for the past two seasons. He was released by the franchise in front of the mega auction and was bought by Gujarat.

RR Was Over-dependent On Jos Buttler: Daniel Vettori

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori additionally contributed with his perspectives on why RR couldn’t lift the title notwithstanding arriving at the final. The Kiwi thought that the side’s overdependence on Jos Buttler caught up with them and explained:

“If you remove Buttler from that team, are you intimidated by that batting line-up? There’s (Shimron) Hetmyer who can take you down, (Yashasvi) Jaiswal showed at times that he can be aggressive. Devdutt Padikkal and Sanju Samson as well. But there’s no one as good as Buttler, who had an exceptional season.”

Jos Buttler RR (Image Credits: IPL)
Jos Buttler RR (Image Credits: IPL)

To further make his point, Vettori added:

“It’s potentially about whether they can strengthen that middle-order. Trent Boult at 8 is too short a batting line-up.”

Buttler won the IPL 2022 Orange cap in the wake of pounding 863 runs in 17 matches. He top-scored for Rajasthan with 39 in the final, however whenever he was excused, the middle and lower order struggled. They wound up with 130/9 batting first, a score that was never going to be sufficient.

You Don’t Win IPL Title At The Auction: Sanjay Manjrekar

While RR wavered on the much anticipated day, GT were large and in charge and ruled the final. Before the season, very few experts gave the Hardik Pandya-drove franchise an opportunity to finish in the Top 4. Thinking about Gujarat’s success in their maiden IPL season, Sanjay Manjrekar mentioned a fascinating observation. He said:

“When the auction finished, no one gave Mumbai Indians a chance, but the same was true with Gujarat Titans. Not many people thought like – ‘wow, they have done really well with the selection of players and captain, and they have got their formula right’. The lesson from this IPL is, you don’t win an IPL title at the auction.”

GT (Image Credits: IPL)
GT (Image Credits: IPL)

Gujarat overwhelmed the league phase of the T20 contest this season, completing as the table-clinchers. They crushed Rajasthan by seven wickets in Qualifier 1 preceding beating them by a similar edge in the final on Sunday.

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