Shane Watson has been handed the charge of leading Rajashtan Royals in Indian Premier League 2014 following Rahul Dravid’s retirement from the game last year. There were not many options for the Rajasthan Royals side for captaincy and given the fact that Shane Watson has been with the Rajasthan Royals all throughout every season so far, it was a no brainer asking him to step up to the challenge and lead the side in IPL 2014.
Though the void left by Rahul Dravid will be too huge to fill but the former Rajasthan Royals has already contributed his share of vision and class through the IPL 2014 auctions held in February. Rajasthan Royals, arguably, did the best business out of all the other franchises and all the credit for that goes to the master Rahul Dravid himself. There is a perfect combination in the batting line-up coupled with a fearless exuberant quality which oozes a very strange pinch of confidence.
Shane Watson though is fairly inexperienced as a captain and to lead the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2014, he might need some help from Rahul Dravid as well as the other backroom staff. It is never easy to lead a side, especially when you’re short on experience in captaincy. But then if there is one thing Australians cricketers are famous for then it’s their fighting attitude. It’s almost a given that Shane Watson will rise to the occasion and lead the Rajasthan Royals with uttermost confidence against all odds.
Being one of the best all-rounders in the world, Shane Watson will have to play a huge part in IPL 2014, if his side needs to have any chance of replicating their heroics from the inaugural season in IPL. Having already tasted victory once and also making it to the semi-finals the last time, Shane Watson and Rajasthan Royals would love nothing more than going that one-step further and clinching the title.
The squad at Shane Watson’s disposal is oozing with talents all over. With the exit of Rahul Dravid, Unmukt Chand, the U-19 Indian captain who won the World Cup, is a very talented replacement up the order. Though last season was a bit of a letdown for Chand at Delhi Daredevils, you wouldn’t read much into his performance given his age and also the fact that Delhi Daredevils as a whole had a miserable season. Also adding to the young brigade is last season’s wicket keeping/batsman sensation Sanju Samson. Having recently played a very successful U-19 World Cup, the U-19 player might just be the trump card that Rajasthan Royals and Shane Watson need to win the IPL 2014.
In Stuart Binny and James Faulkner they’ve two hard-hitting and devastating all-rounders with both having a tremendous IPL season last year. Pravin Tembe will lead the spin attack and Abdullah might be a very handy addition too.
Though inexperienced, this Rajasthan Royals side have all the ingredients to push for a shot at the IPL 2014 title and should the talent manage to turn into desirable results on the field, Rajasthan Royals might very well win their second IPL title at IPL 2014.