Rajasthan Royals are all set to play their opening match of the IPL 2020 against Chennai Super Kings on 22nd of September at the Sharjah International Stadium. CSK started their campaign on a winning note against MI.
Rajasthan Royals had traded captain Ajinkya Rahane to Delhi capitals for this term and appointed Steve Smith as the leader. RR squad members including Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Tom Curran have joined the squad travelling from England after playing a white -ball series between Australia and England.
This Rajasthan Royals side has been written off early by many pundits and they come into this tournament as underdogs. The one-time IPL winners can come off as a surprise for everyone if they hit it off with their squad comprising of a good blend of experienced and young players.
Rajasthan Royals predicted XI vs Chennai Super Kings
Openers: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Robin Uthappa
The highly coveted youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal is tipped to start as an opener for Rajasthan. Rajasthan Royals swooped in with a whopping Rs 2.4 crores to sign the young star in the December 2019 auction.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has proved his worth, scoring 400 runs in the u-19 World Cup earlier this year and was eventually adjudged the player of the tournament. Another new signing, Robin Uthappa was brought form KKR and will be starting at the opening spot after Jos Buttler was ruled out of the first game to fulfil the quarantine rules due to his travel.
The 34-year-old Uthappa has been highly consistent over the years in the IPL and will look to show the same form for RR. He has a massive 4411 runs to his name in the tournament from 177 fixtures.
Middle Order- Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Riyan Parag, David Miller
The 25-year-old Samson will most likely be the wicketkeeper for their opening match and will come to bat at the number three spot. In 93 fixtures, Sanju Samson has 2209 runs at a strike rate of 130.25.
Steve Smith will be captaining the side and will be seen at the two down spot batting for Rajasthan Royals. His batting and leadership will play a crucial role for the side. In 81 IPL games, the right-handed batsman has 2022 runs to his name with an average of 37.44.
The 18-year-old, all-rounder Riyan Parag will be looking to make his name in the IPL 2020. He was impressive last year, whenever given a chance. He scored 160 runs and took two wickets in seven appearances for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019.
The absence of Ben Stokes will allow new signing David Miller to act as a finisher in the team. In 79 IPL games, he has 1850 runs to his credit, at an average of 33.64.
Bowlers: Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Oshane Thomas and Jaydev Unadkat
Rajasthan Royals have Shreyas Gopal as one of their fine spinners in the team. The 27-year-old has performed exceptionally well and has 38 wickets to his name playing 31 games. He is also a good batsman and has a strike rate of 120, making him a good finisher in the team too.
Another spin bowler in the team will be Rahul Tewatia, who has 14 wickets to his name in 18 innings in the IPL. He is also good with the bat and boasts a strike rate of 124.
England speedster Jofra Archer will lead the pace attack for Rajasthan Royals. He has been a part of the team since 2018 and has scalped 26 wickets in 21 appearances for the team.
He will partner with West Indies pacer Oshane Thomas who was brought last year to the franchise and played four matches taking five wickets.
The 28-year-old Jaydev Unadkat is a smart pacer who excels with his number of variations and slower balls. He has played 73 IPL matches and has 77 wickets to his name.