Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticised Rajasthan Royals in a caustic manner for their performance in IPL 2021. Rajasthan Royals are the inaugural champions of the Indian Premier League in 2008, and since then, they haven’t the title. In fact, the team has only qualified three times (2013, 2015 and 2018) for the playoffs.
Rajasthan Royals remain inconsistent in the league stage
Rajasthan Royals have seen many prominent players like Rahul Dravid and Steve Smith lead the team after Shane Warne retired from the league in 2011.
The current team is led by Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who himself has been with the franchise since 2013. Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara is the director of cricket at Rajasthan Royals.
Despite having the best players in their ranks, Rajasthan Royals haven’t been consistent in their last few seasons. This year also, they were in serious contention for a playoff berth until they suffered a heavy defeat from Mumbai Indians.
Rajasthan Royals always makes me laugh: Michael Vaughan
Royals were 41/2 at the end of the powerplay overs, having lost both the openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis, but they saw a massive collapse as their innings folded on 90/9.
Mumbai Indians chased the score within 8.2 overs to gain a big advantage with their net run rate as Sanju Samson & co’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs are completely over.
Vaughan cheekily remarked that they are the team that talk much and don’t perform enough and also pointed out a book published by the team which relates to the IPL.
“Rajasthan always makes me laugh. They are the one team that’s talk about ‘Moneyball’ more than anyone. They have written a book! I mean, I know a lot about them because they have written a book with Simon Hughes… you know, how the IPL works and running a franchise.
“It’s a great read but you kind of look at the book and think – ‘This is a great read, but you haven’t won since the first year, but how are you telling everyone how to do it?'” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“If it’s so easy and so obvious how to run it and produce ‘Moneyball’, pick players and use data and stats, surely you should be more competitive! Surely you should win more games of cricket (chuckles). They’re brilliant at talking but not very good at playing the game,” he added.
Rajasthan Royals will play their final match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday in Sharjah and will aim to win to end their campaign on a high note.