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IPL 2020: Predicted Line-Up Of RR This Season
- Updated: December 30, 2019
2008 IPL champions Rajasthan Royals bought as many as 11 players in the IPL 2020 auctions including the likes of Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat and the Indian U-19 sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal. They now have 25 members in the squad and it looks a well-rounded one after the new additions. After winning the maiden IPL title in 2008, the Royals have failed to replicate their performance in the next ten editions. Ahead of the 12th season after gathering a well-balanced squad, the Royals are dreaming now to lift their second IPL title.
In this article, we will discuss the three best possible predicted line-ups of the Rajasthan Royals.
The Best Possible Predicted Line-Up of RR
Robin Uthappa, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Riyan Parag, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Varun Aaron
Rajasthan Royals like the Delhi Capitals are very dependent on their Indian core of players. For many years, their batting line-up heavily depended on the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson. Now with Rahane traded to Delhi Capitals, the best possible predicted line-up of Rajasthan Royals will change a few changes in personnel. Jos Buttler will continue to open the batting and will be accompanied possibly by Robin Uthappa who has been one of the most successful Indian players in the IPL. He and Gautam Gambhir forged a formidable opening partnership at KKR and he will be looking to do the same with Buttler at the other end now at the Royals. With the ground big sideways at the Sawai Man Singh stadium, Buttler’s power will be required at the top for the Royals. They will be followed by Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag and Ben Stokes through the middle giving solidity to the batting line-up. Stokes and Smith can both get up the run-scoring in the middle-overs and so can Parag and Samson if required.
Coming down to the bowling line-up now, Jofra Archer is an automatic choice and the return of Jaydev Unadkat makes him an automatic choice as well. Shreyas Gopal and Mayank Markande can be the spinners in what will be the best possible predicted line-up of RR.
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Batting Heavy Predicted Line-up of RR
Robin Uthappa, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Varun Aaron
Next, we come on to the batting heavy predicted line-up of RR. In games where they want to beef up their batting lineup, they have options like Jaiswal and David Miller. Miller at just 75 lakhs was a great bargain for the Royals after he was ignored by all the franchises in the first few rounds of the auction. In tough games, Miller’s power-hitting is definitely an option that the Royals should use. Oppositions like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are tougher for all the other teams in the IPL and this is where an extra batsman and especially a power-hitter in the line-up gives the team that extra depth in the batting order.
However, if the batting line-up is strengthened, the bowling line-up has to be sacrificed. Depending upon the opposition they are playing against, the Royals should be smart enough to choose the bowlers who can deliver for them on that particular wicket and condition. Since Archer is their most depended overseas pacer in the squad, the addition of an extra batsman might see him getting dropped. The Indian bowlers then will have to take up that extra responsibility to deliver the goods for the Royals. Judging by the options they have in their squad, this is the best possible batting heavy predicted line-up of RR.
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Bowling Heavy Predicted Line-up of RR
Robin Uthappa, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Oshane Thomas/Andrew Tye, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande
The Royals have a good mix of Indian and international bowlers in their squad. Depending on the opposition they are playing against, they can chop and change their bowling line-up. However, the above-mentioned options makes the best of the bowling heavy predicted line-up of RR.
This bowling line-up has the perfect mix of pace and spin and should be successful in getting wickets in any given condition. There might be a toss-up between Thomas and Tye given the conditions they play in. The other bowlers make themselves an automatic selection as they make up the Indian contingent. The only thing missing from Rajasthan’s bowling arsenal is a reputed overseas spinner. They released Ish Sodhi ahead of the IPL auctions and did not take anyone as his replacement. However, keeping in mind the kind of bowlers that the Royals have in their squad, the above-mentioned XI makes the best possible bowling heavy predicted line-up of the inaugural IPL champions.