IPL 2019: Three Strategic Changes Rajasthan Royals Needs
Rajasthan Royals started their IPL journey of this season by losing three consecutive matches. The team comprises of some big names such as skipper Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane. Yet, it has won just three games out of the nine and they are at the seventh position in the points table.
In order to enter the playoffs, it will take a lot of effort for the team to rise in the ladder to reach the top four. They will need a new strategy and should make use of players who might be more productive to them.
In such circumstances, here are the changes that might help Rajasthan in acing up their game.
#1 Including Oshane Thomas in their bowling attack
The Jamaican pacer has impressed while playing in the Caribbean Premier League. The X-factor that makes him a lethal competitor for his opponents is his ability to swing the ball at express pace.
Early this year, on England’s tour of West Indies, Thomas finished with five wickets for just 21 runs in 5.1 overs. Even during the Windies tour of India in 2018, Thomas fairly threatened the hosting team with his pace in the early overs.
If aligned with Jofra Archer, Thomas could prove fearsome to the rival teams which is exactly what skipper Smith needs for his team.
#2 Playing With Varun Aaron
The Indian pacer is capable of producing 145 km/h on a regular basis. And in IPL 2015 Varun was named as the second fastest bowler of the tournament for his 150.2 km/h delivery. This kind of bowling is what the top Indian bowlers like Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are likely to possess.
Varun could be proved to be the bowler that RR needs to add to their bowling squad. He performed outstandingly in Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. His experience could be used in the powerplay overs if given another chance.
#3 Rahul Tripathi should open
Rahul Tripathi stunned pacers and spinners with his performance in the IPL 2017 where he played for the Rising Pune Supergiants. He shunned the ones who doubted his skills and led the team to its first IPL final. The right-hander impressed with his consistent performance as he scored 387 runs.
Rahul is best in the early overs and the skipper should let him open alongside Jos Buttler. His best in the eight matches in this season was 50 runs. Meanwhile, in IPL 2017 he faired with his highest of 93 runs for his then team Pune.
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