So, the final four for the IPL 7 has been finalised and now Rajasthan Royals will have themselves to blame for. They were so close to it but finally remained so far. Their strategy so far in every IPL has been beyond the thinking of many experts.
IPL 1 started with them as the Underdogs but they went on to win the title, to the surprise of many. Even till now, they have been better than what have been expected from them before the start of the tournament.
The common thing about an RR side till now is an Australian core and some young Indian players. They have been the breeding ground for many young players. But their changes in every match and their strategy, be it the batting order or the bowling line up , and everything associated with a cricket match is out of the blues.
Lets have a detailed look.
1:Shane Watson should have opened the innings right from the beginning but he remained away from it. When the opening combination started going well, he decided to promote himself, disturbing the team composition.
2: Stuart Binny has been a star for them, but he was nowhere to his best . Even then , he batted at 2 down and was a regular member of the team until their last league match. If they believed on him, they should have continued with him.
3: Steve Smith and Brad Hodge , along with Faulkner looked very good in their stays at the crease. But , they came too low down the order and had very less ball to create any sort of impact. More often than not , the required run rate used to be around 18 during their stay. In such situations , teams lose more than they win.
5: Ankit Sharma was a revealation for them this year, but in the last match , he wasn’t even used. He could have been handy , when all others were belted around.
But above all , the height of confidence from the team was all clear when they dropped several of their key players against the Mumbai Indians( previous to the last league) , just feeling that they had made it to the Top4. Whatever it may be, this team has to be more normal in their strategy.
A bit of experiment is good but when the extent ot it increases, the same happens to a team , what happened to India under Gregg Chappell.