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KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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KC Cariappa Shares Experience Of Being At Rajasthan Royals In IPL 2021

KC Cariappa was with the Rajasthan Royals squad before IPL 2021 was indefinitely suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis. He spoke about his experience of being at Rajasthan Royals and praised his skipper, Sanju Samson.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) provides youngsters, especially local talent, with a great opportunity to mingle, discuss, and learn various aspects of the game from some of the world’s best players and equally good coaching staff. Be it Indian stalwarts or overseas stars, the learning can be immense and the experience, supremely cherishable.

K. C. Cariappa played for Kings XI Punjab in 2016 and 2017. - G. P. SAMPATH KUMAR
K. C. Cariappa played for Kings XI Punjab in 2016 and 2017. – G. P. SAMPATH KUMAR

KC Cariappa Praised Calm Sanju Samson, Warm Person Ben Stokes, Less Talkative Jos Buttler For Creating Positive Vibes In Rajasthan Royals Team Environment

A certain Indian uncapped player namely Konganda Charamanna Cariappa, or as usually know, KC Cariappa can vouch for it. Having been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders, erstwhile Kings XI Punjab, and most recently the Rajasthan Royals, this spinner has shared the dressing with the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler among others.

The 27-year-old was with the Rajasthan Royals squad before IPL 2021 was indefinitely suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis in India and an outbreak in various franchise bio-bubbles. While speaking to Sportskeeda, the Karnatak player spoke about his experience.

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

“Samson was really good, he is always calm. When I played U-19, he also played that same season for Kerala. The way he captained the side in IPL 2021, he always ensured the players were brimming with confidence,” he said.

KC Cariappa also lavished praise on two prominent Englishmen and added that the team environment was great.

“RR look at every player the same, there are no assumptions. Ben Stokes is such a warm person, he would come and talk to us while we would eat. Buttler would talk the least, he is always smiling, and when you see him you get really positive vibes. Even in the practice sessions, whether you are international or domestic, it didn’t matter, we were all looked after very well,” he remarked.

Sanju Samson topped the run-scorers chart for the franchise, as he smashed a century and amassed 277 runs in 7 matches. Rajasthan Royals, under Sanju Samson’s captaincy debut, won three of their first seven matches and stood fifth in the points table.

Jos Buttler scored 254 runs while Shivam Dube and David Miller scored more than 100 runs. Among bowlers, all-rounder Chris Morris took 14 scalps, Mustafizur Rahman took 8 wickets and debutant Chetan Sakariya took 7 scalps. Ben Stokes was out injured in the very 1st match.

KC Cariappa Hopes When IPL 2021 Resumes, Rajasthan Royals Start Off Well

He revealed that leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal is a prank master and that he is hopeful of the season resuming soon.

“Shreyas is a prank master. When he was in quarantine, he would call up everyone through the hotel phone. He’s a very jolly guy. I was close with Miller and Tewatia in the RR camp, I have played with them before. This season was turning out to be good, hopefully, when it resumes we should be in a good position to start off well,” signed off Cariappa.

Shreyas Gopal
Shreyas Gopal. Image Credits: Twitter

KC Cariappa has played 11 matches, the last of which came in 2019 and picked 8 scalps. He made his debut with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2015, and later was a part of the Kings XI Punjab setup. He did not have the best of IPLs picking up just 8 wickets in 10 matches across three seasons(2015-17).

He was roped in as one of the replacements for injured KKR pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti & Shivam Mavi in 2019 and played a solitary game where he went wicketless. KC Cariappa will ply his trade for RR after being brought on board for INR 20 Lac in the IPL 2021 Player Auction. The leg-spinner has thus far played 29 T20s and has 25 wickets to his name and will be out to make an impact for RR in the IPL 2021.

Shreyas Gopal exclusive interview with Sportzwiki.
Shreyas Gopal.
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Exclusive: Shreyas Gopal- Another Fruit Of Perseverance Who Can Be India’s Knight In Shining Armour Of The Dusky Spin Arsenal

Team India has been a breeding ground of spin bowlers ever since the dawn of international cricket. Never in the history of Indian cricket, has there been a phase where the Men in Blue have not been able to produce quality spin bowlers. Indian spinners have gone to rule world cricket for decades. However, certain rusty outings from the Indian spinners over the last year has raised a very tormenting question, “Who’s Next?” 

The answer to this question will surely be a sore ache for the Indian selectors and the Indian team management in the months to follow. With the door of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 widely open for the India National Cricket Team, their conundrum of finding an impactful spinner could lead them to certain options in the next 5 months. One of the best available options for team India is none other than Karnataka all-rounder, Shreyas Gopal.

Karnataka has been a pillar of producing cricketers in the Indian circuit when it comes to generating talent and impact for the India National Cricket Team. Ever since the Men in Blue started making a mark on the world map of cricket, players from Karnataka made sure that India’s spot on that map keeps illuminating brightly. In the early 70s, Gundappa Vishwanath and Syed Kirmani held that baton and in the 90s, legends like Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, and Venkatesh Prasad made sure that the baton is carried to the next level.

However, in the last decade, there came a phase in Indian cricket when players from Karnataka did not make it big in the national team but there was never a question on the potential. This belief made sure that the wait was not elongated and players like KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Manish Pandey have now gone on to don the jersey and represent the tricolour proudly. However, one striking factor that has been common among all these players has been the amount of grit and perseverance they have shown before making it big.

Although, the word ‘Perseverance’ has been synonymous with Indian cricket, but the demeanour that players from Karnataka carry along with them, is second to none. In the same light, another player who has quietly made it through the ranks has been young all-rounder Shreyas Gopal. As a young boy from Bangalore,  Shreyas Gopal never thought of playing professional cricket until he was in his teenage.

Shreyas Gopal
Shreyas Gopal. Image Credits: Twitter

Much to the contrary of young cricketers from India who take up the sport at a very young age, all Shreyas Gopal could think of, in his young days, was completing his schooling and getting a degree. He eventually did that but it is not difficult to predict how Shreyas Gopal’s inclination towards cricket began. Shreyas Gopal’s father, Mr. Ramaswamy Gopal, played club cricket for a span of 20 years and his mother, Mrs. Amitha Ramaswamy, has been a Volleyball player for the state team.

Another common string that unites Indian cricket lovers across the country is Cricket’s very own God, Sachin Tendulkar. Shreyas Gopal will be seen plying his trade in the Pinks this year in IPL 2021 as he will be representing the Rajasthan Royals. As Sportzwiki caught up with Shreyas Gopal in an exclusive interview, Shreyas Gopal narrates how he transformed his mindset from just getting a degree to playing for the nation, how Sachin Tendulkar inspired him to take up cricket, his aspirations going ahead and how he celebrates his peers’ success with the same ecstasy as he celebrates his own. Catch the excerpts below

Exclusive: Shreyas Gopal- Another Fruit Of Perseverance Who Can Be India’s Knight In Shining Armour Of The Dusky Spin Arsenal

Q: How did you break into cricket? What were the early inroads? Who did you idolise growing up?

Shreyas Gopal: I started playing the game because of Sachin Tendulkar sir. He’s probably been an inspiration for everyone Indian at my age to take up cricket professionally. Mine (inspiration) has been no one else. I started playing in my house, my Dad used to throw some softballs in the house and I just used to keep batting and bowling and then we just played some cricket at home and from there we slowly took it to the academies at a very young age.

From there it grew and the interest and thrill of playing cricket stayed for quite some time. I don’t know when I took it professionally. Not at least till I was 14 or 15 because I still wanted to concentrate on my academics till then and I always wanted to have a degree and have a good educational qualification with me. From there, things just worked out and I got my first-class call-up and in the same year, I happened to play in the IPL. When I started playing India Under 19 was probably when I decided I can take this a lot more seriously and focus a lot on the sport.

Q: You have played alongside Indian cricketers including KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey, what is it that separates them from the rest?

Shreyas Gopal: Obviously, these guys are tremendous cricketers. I have known some of them for more than a decade now. Rahul (KL) I have probably known since I was 10. I have grown up watching some of them and Rahul was my childhood favourite among our batch and it is just the willingness to perform and the hunger that they thrive on.

Shreyas Gopal
Shreyas Gopal. Image Credits: Twitter

It also reflects in Karnataka cricket as there is too much competition in the State team and sometimes people also say that Karnataka can field 2 or 3 state teams which is very true. It is just the hunger, the desire, and the burn to do well and succeed and make themselves, their families, and the country proud is something that sets them apart from others.

Q: Tell us about your history of hat-tricks!! What is your thought process while delivering the last delivery?

Shreyas Gopal: Speaking honestly, I didn’t even know I had got a hat-trick in the Irani Cup and if you look at the footage, I didn’t realize I had got a hat-trick. I was just happy that we had won the game and I turned to take the wicket and keep it as a souvenir but before I had turned, Manish and Mayank were the two guys who took everything away and I probably got the bail.

When it comes to the hat-tricks, I have got a few hat-tricks and I have been fortunate just getting those hat-tricks. You don’t get it very often but, I just try and pick a wicket because if I am going for a hat-trick ball, more than me, the batsman is under pressure because it’s his first ball and he knows it’s a hat-trick and not miss that ball. I try and spin the ball as much as I can whether I am bowling a leg-spin or a googly. I try and spin the ball and get the outside edge or on the pads. So, I just keep a few dismissals in my mind and execute spin.

Q: You were in the Mumbai Indians’ setup for a long time!! Did you have the opportunity of speaking to Sachin Tendulkar? How was the experience around him?

Shreyas Gopal: There are a lot of things that we talked about. I was very very fortunate to be in that same dressing room with his presence. My dream would be to have played alongside him which was never fulfilled. Having him in the dressing room was equally good if not better. He shares every experience of everything that he has faced in his cricketing career. It’s just the insight that he gives us as youngsters about how the feeling is to be at that level. He has probably encountered every situation that we are going through.

One of the things that he explained to me was just looking at the field and try to understand what the bowler is going to bowl. It was pretty amazing as he guessed 12 balls and he got almost all the 12 deliveries spot on. There was probably one delivery where he said wide yorker and the bowler bowled a yorker. Other than that, he got everything on spot. He even predicted where the batsman is going to play.

Shreyas Gopal
Shreyas Gopal. Image Credits: Twitter

To my surprise, once he predicted that the batsman is going to lap this ball and it got that specific and I was pretty mind-blown with that and I just asked him how he predicted that and he said, “You’ll probably understand that in a few years.” But, I don’t think I’ll ever understand that and he was too great and it was great to have him around and he also gave me a lot of advice as a batsman as to what trajectories and deliveries would be difficult to face so that as a bowler I try to repeat that kind of delivery or that kind of a variation.

Q: Shane Warne has been consistently behind RR’s performance over the years!! How influential has he been in improving your performance?

Shreyas Gopal: Warne has been an absolute legend. He brings a lot of spark into the team. He brings the energy, the vibe into the dressing room. When I came here for the first time, I didn’t expect that but he’s more than willing and more than encouraging to all of us. He keeps sharing his views on the game. He’s someone who loves planning dismissals. I am sure he wouldn’t be happy if he bowled and someone got out in a way that he didn’t want to.

I talk to him a lot about tactics. He’s not someone who’s very technical, which is something where he says that every bowler is unique in his own way and each one has his own strengths so you don’t have to copy anyone. He’s very tactical in that sense and he provides a great vibe to us and he makes you feel like you are a very good bowler. He’s very aggressive at his tactics and that was probably reflected when he bowled in his career as well.

Q: Your googly has made a lot of noise in the cricketing circuit!! Is there anything special that goes into delivering a googly, especially when it comes to practising the art?

Shreyas Gopal: I have been asked this question on multiple occasions and there is nothing special in the way I prepare, it’s just the normal googly. A lot of people can actually pick me, it’s not like no one does. But, there’s definitely no secret behind my googlies, I just try and spin the ball as much as I can, that’s probably what I try to do and I try to mix it with topspin, googly and leg-spin and I try to just keep their batsmen guessing as much as I can. There’s no mantra and there’s definitely no secret behind my googlies.

Q: You have been extremely successful against AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in particular!! A lot of bowlers in world cricket won’t be able to say that!! Do you prepare in a special manner for these world-beaters?

Shreyas Gopal: Before bowling to any top batsman you know that they can definitely play amazing shots to really good bowls as well. You know that they don’t possess any weaknesses at all. If there’s a slightly lesser talented batsman, you can spot a weakness or two but with these legendary players, it’s difficult to find any. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli don’t have any weaknesses.

When you don’t see any weakness in a batsman, all you can do is try to assess the conditions and try to assess the match situation. If you know the match situation, then you are in a position to understand what they need per over and then you can plan your deliveries accordingly. You just try to stick to things that are under your control and things you can see around you.

You shouldn’t really focus on the other side and try to deliver your best ball because sometimes if I can bowl the best leg-spin also, I can still get hit for a four or a six. Knowing that you need to deliver your best ball and focus more on the controllable.

Shreyas Gopal, Rajasthan Royals
Shreyas Gopal. Image Credits: Twitter

Q: Now, that you have played a lot of domestic cricket and been in the IPL over the years, what are your aspirations going ahead? Do you think about making your debut in the Indian colours?

Shreyas Gopal: My dream is to definitely don the Indian jersey. At the moment, I feel I am ready and I am just waiting for that call-up. Donning the Indian jersey is going to be a very proud moment for me and my family. Irrespective of the format, I feel I am ready and I really want to represent my country. Every cricketer plays the sport to represent their country and I also belong to the same group. I am just hopeful that day comes sooner. I would give everything that I have, for my country.

Q: A lot of players who came after you have performed consistently in the domestic circuit and got their Indian call up!! Don’t you get agitated by the fact that you still haven’t received a national call up?

Shreyas Gopal: The fact that some players got the chance means that they deserve it. There are probably some things that I need to work on to get my call. I am willing to do anything that it takes to get that chance. However, I don’t hold any hard feelings for anyone. I want my name to be there but I am really happy for some of my friends who are making their debut for team India.

It’s going to be very selfish of me to think on my part that I am not happy for someone who is being selected in the Indian team. Every player has made some or the other sacrifice to reach that point. I was getting goosebumps while watching Prasidh Krishna getting a call and getting to see him bowl for the national team. I was extremely happy for him.

My time will come and until then I will do whatever it takes to reach there. However, even if it doesn’t, I will never ever feel about a player getting his national cap. As sportsmen, we understand the sacrifices that we make personally and professionally to play for the country and I believe when my time will come, my peers will be equally ecstatic.

That was all from Shreyas Gopal. All eyes will now be on Shreyas Gopal in IPL 2021 as the Indian selection committee prepares for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. If Shreyas Gopal makes a mark in this year’s IPL, a maiden India call-up is not miles away.

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IPL 2020, Match 30: Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Statistical Highlights

On Wednesday (14th October) night, Delhi Capitals (DC) claimed their sixth victory in this IPL season after beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai).

After winning the toss, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer decided to bat first. While Delhi franchise scored 161/7 (20 overs) in the first innings, they restricted Rajasthan Royals to 148/8 (20 overs).

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Latest Points Table

Brief Scores: DC – 161/7 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 57, Shreyas Iyer 53; Jofra Archer 3/19)

RR – 148/8 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 41, Robin Uthappa 32; Anrich Nortje 2/33)

The Result – DC won by 13 runs

IPL 2020, Match 30: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals (DC vs RR) – Statistical Highlights

(Teams’ stats)

Delhi Capitals (DC) – 5th consecutive victory against Rajasthan franchise

i) It was the fifth successive victory for Delhi Capitals against Rajasthan Royals.

  • It is the first time when Delhi Capitals have won five consecutive matches against a team.

 

Rajasthan Royals (RR) – 5th consecutive defeat against Delhi franchise

i) It was Rajasthan Royals’ fifth consecutive defeat against Delhi franchise.

  • Before this defeat, only Chennai Super Kings (CSK) once managed to hand Rajasthan Royals five consecutive defeats. Actually, from IPL 2010 to IPL 2013, CSK recorded six consecutive victories against Rajasthan franchise.  

 

(Players’ stats)

Delhi Capitals (DC)

Prithvi Shaw – lost the wicket on the first ball of the match

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i) Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw scored a golden duck as he was bowled on the very first ball of the match.

  • It was the fourth time when an opening batsman from Delhi franchise was dismissed on the first ball of a match. 
  • It was the seventh time when an opening batsman from Delhi franchise was dismissed on the first ball of a T20 innings. 
  • It was the second time when Delhi Capitals’ opener Prithvi Shaw was dismissed on the first ball of a T20 innings. After Unmukt Chand, Shaw became the second opener from Delhi franchise to be dismissed on the first ball of a T20 innings for more than once as Chand also achieved this forgettable feat for this team for twice.

 

Shikhar Dhawan

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i) Another opener Shikhar Dhawan registered his 39th time 50+ scores in IPL career.

  • It was the joint third most number of 50+ scores for a batsman in IPL history.

Top six batsmen with the most number of 50+ scores in IPL career

Player Number of 50+ scores in IPL career
David Warner 50
Virat Kohli 43
AB de Villiers 39
Shikhar Dhawan 39
Suresh Raina 39
Rohit Sharma 39

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Most Run-Scorers (Orange Cap)

Kagiso Rabada – continued his unstoppable wicket-taking run in IPL career

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i) South African pacer Kagiso Rabada finished the match with the bowling figures of 4-0-28-1.

  • Stretching the record of most consecutive IPL innings with at least one wicket, it was the 22nd consecutive IPL matches for Rabada to finish with at least one wicket. 

Also Read: IPL 2020 – Most Wicket Takers (Purple Cap)

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Jofra Archer – one of the best bowling performances for this team against Delhi franchise

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i) Barbados-born English pacer Jofra Archer had the bowling figures of 4-0-19-3.

  • It was the third-best bowling figures for Rajasthan Royals against Delhi franchise. The top two records in this list are 3-0-10-3 by Shane Watson (at Mumbai on 30th May 2008) and 4-0-17-3 by Munaf Patel (at Mumbai on 30th May 2008). 

 

Shreyas Gopal – most T20 wicket-taker as an Indian spinner for this team

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i) Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal has taken 36 T20 wickets for Rajasthan Royals.

  • Surpassing Pravin Tambe (35 T20 wickets), Shreyas Gopal became the second most wicket-taker as a spinner for Rajasthan Royals. Only the former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is now ahead of Gopal in this list with 58 T20 wickets for this team. 
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IPL 2020, Match 30: Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Stats Preview

On Wednesday (14th October) evening, Delhi Capitals (DC) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face each other at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai). It will be their second meeting in this season while Delhi Capitals won their first meeting of this season by 46 runs (at Sharjah on 9th October 2020).

Both teams have already played seven matches in this season. In the IPL 2020 points table, Delhi Capitals are currently in the second position with 10 points (5 wins and 2 loses) and Rajasthan Royals are in the seventh spot with 6 points (3 wins and 4 loses).

IPL 2020, Match 30: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals (DC vs RR) – Stats Preview

Teams’ forms in IPL 2020

Recent results (in last 5 matches)

DC (oldest to latest) – Lost, Won, Won, Won and Lost

RR (oldest to latest) – Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost and Won

Men-in-form

Stats DC RR
Top run-scorers Shreyas Iyer (245 runs) Sanju Samson (202 runs)
Prithvi Shaw (202 runs) Rahul Tewatia (189 runs)
Shikhar Dhawan (201 runs) Steven Smith (162 runs)
Top wicket-takers Kagiso Rabada (17 wickets) Jofra Archer (9 wickets)
Anrich Nortje (8 wickets) Rahul Tewatia (5 wickets)
Axar Patel (6 wickets) Shreyas Gopal (4 wickets)

 

Records of DC and RR in the UAE

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
DC 12 6 5 1 (1/0) 0
RR 12 5 6 1 (1/0) 0

 

Records of DC and RR in Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai)

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
DC 5 3 1 1 (1/0) 0
RR 3 1 2 0 (0/0) 0

 

Also Read: IPL 2020, Match 30: Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Head To Head Records

Crucial personal stats

Delhi Capitals (DC)

Shreyas Iyer

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i) Shreyas Iyer (1926 runs) is 74 runs away to complete his 2000 runs for Delhi Capitals. Only Virender Sehwag (2382 runs) managed to score 2000+ T20 runs for DC.

Rishabh Pant

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i) Youngster Rishabh Pant has scored 1912 runs for Delhi Capitals. The left-handed batsman is 88 runs behind to complete his 2000 T20 runs for this team and become the first left-handed batsman to score 2000 T20 runs for this team.

Kagiso Rabada

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i) South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (48 wickets) is two wickets away to complete his 50 IPL wickets and all this for Delhi Capitals. Only Amit Mishra (104 wickets) and Morne Morkel (51 wickets) managed to take 50+ T20 wickets for this team.

 

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Sanju Samson

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i) By adding 74 more runs, Sanju Samson (1926 runs) will complete his 2000 T20 runs for Rajasthan Royals. He will be the third batsman to score 2000 T20 runs for this team. Ajinkya Rahane (3098 runs) and Shane Watson (2474 runs) were the first two cricketers to score 2000 T20 runs for this team.

Steven Smith

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i) Australian cricketer Steven Smith (921 runs) is 79 runs away to complete his 1000 T20 runs for this Rajasthan Royals. After Shane Watson and Jos Buttler, Smith will be the third overseas batsman to score 1000 T20 runs for this team.

Shreyas Gopal

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i) By taking one more wicket, leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal (35 wickets) will become the second most wicket-taker as a spinner for Rajasthan Royals by surpassing their former leg-spinner Pravin Tambe (35 wickets). Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is the only spinner who is ahead of them in this list with 58 T20 wickets for this team.

 

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IPL 2020, Match 26: SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Stats Preview

On Sunday (11th October) afternoon, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai) in the 26th match of the IPL 2020.

After their six matches, while SunRisers Hyderabad are currently in the fifth position in the IPL 2020 points table with 6 points (3 wins and 3 loses), Rajasthan Royals are currently in the seventh position in the same points table after earning 4 points (2 wins and 4 loses).

IPL 2020, Match 26: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals (SRH vs RR) – Stats Preview

Teams’ forms in IPL 2020

Recent results (in last 5 matches)

SRH (oldest to latest) – Lost, Won, Won, Lost and Won

RR (oldest to latest) – Won, Lost, Lost, Lost and Lost

  • Rajasthan Royals have never suffered more than four consecutive defeats. But if they lose on Sunday (11th October), it will be the first time when Rajasthan Royals will suffer five consecutive defeats.

Men-in-form

Stats SRH RR
Top run-scorers Jonny Bairstow (241 runs) Sanju Samson (176 runs)
David Warner (227 runs) Steven Smith (157 runs)
Manish Pandey (148 runs) Rahul Tewatia (144 runs)
Top wicket-takers Rashid Khan (8 wickets) Jofra Archer (8 wickets)
Thangarasu Natarajan (7 wickets) Rahul Tewatia (5 wickets)
Khaleel Ahmed (4 wickets) Shreyas Gopal (4 wickets)

 

Records of SRH and RR in UAE

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
SRH 11 5 6 0 (0/0) 0
RR 11 4 6 1 (1/0) 0

 

Records of SRH and RR in Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai)

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
SRH 5 4 1 0 (0/0) 0
RR 2 0 2 0 (0/0) 0

 

Crucial personal stats

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)

David Warner

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i) David Warner has scored 4933 runs in IPL career. By scoring 67 more runs, he will become the first overseas batsman and fourth overall batsman to score 5000 IPL runs. While Warner has played 132 IPL innings, he will break the record of Virat Kohli’s 5000 IPL runs in 157 innings and become the fastest batsman to complete 5000 IPL runs.

Manish Pandey

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i) By adding nine more runs, Manish Pandey (2991 runs) will complete 3000 IPL runs. The right-handed batsman will be 16th batsman to score 3000 IPL runs.

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Jos Buttler

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i) England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler (989 runs) is 11 runs away to complete his 1000 T20 runs for Rajasthan Royals. While five batsmen have already scored 1000 T20 runs for this team, only Australian cricketer Shane Watson (2474 runs) was the overseas cricketer.

Steven Smith

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i) Present Rajasthan Royals skipper and Australian cricketer Steven Smith (916 runs) is 84 runs away to complete his 1000 T20 runs for this IPL team.

Sanju Samson

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i) Sanju Samson has already scored 1900 T20 runs for Rajasthan Royals. By adding 100 more runs, Samson will become the third batsman to score 2000 T20 runs for this team. Only their former team members Ajinkya Rahane (3098 runs) and Shane Watson (2474 runs) have reached this feat.

Shreyas Gopal

SRH, Rajasthan Royals, SRH vs RR, Stats, Stats Preview
Shreyas Gopal (Image Credit: IPL)

i) Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal (35 wickets) is only one wicket away to surpass their former leg-spinner Pravin Tambe (35 wickets) and become the second most wicket-taker as a spinner for Rajasthan Royals. Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is the only spinner who is ahead of them in this list with 58 T20 wickets for this team.

Jaydev Unadkat

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i) By taking one more wicket, left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat (22 wickets) will put behind Sohail Tanvir (22 wickets) and become the second most IPL wicket-taker as a left-arm bowler for Rajasthan Royals. Their former team member, Australian left-arm pacer James Faulkner is the leader in this particular list with 47 IPL wickets for Rajasthan Royals.

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IPL 2020, Match 20: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Stats Preview

On Tuesday (6th October) evening, the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will compete against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 20th match of the IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi).

While Mumbai Indians have played five matches in this IPL season, Rajasthan Royals have played four matches in this IPL season. In the IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians have won three matches and lost twice while Rajasthan Royals have won twice and lost twice. While the Mumbai franchise is standing in the second position in the IPL 2020 points table, Rajasthan Royals are in the fifth position in the same table.

IPL 2020, Match 20: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals (MI vs RR) – Stats Preview

Teams’ forms in IPL 2020

Recent results

MI (oldest to latest) – Lost, Won, Lost (Super Over), Won and Won

RR (oldest to latest) – Won, Won, Lost and Lost

Men-in-form

Stats MI RR
Top run-scorers Rohit Sharma (176 runs) Sanju Samson (171 runs)
Kieron Pollard (163 runs) Steven Smith (127 runs)
Ishan Kishan (158 runs) Rahul Tewatia (101 runs)
Top wicket-takers Trent Boult (8 wickets) Rahul Tewatia (4 wickets)
James Pattinson (7 wickets) Jofra Archer (4 wickets)
Jasprit Bumrah (7 wickets) Tom Curran (3 wickets)

 

 

Records of MI and RR in the UAE

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
MI 10 3 6 1 (0/1) 0
RR 9 4 4 1 (1/0) 0

 

Important stats between MI vs RR

(Teams’ stats)

Stats MI (vs RR) RR (vs MI)
Highest total 212/6 (20 overs) at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 13th March 2010 208/7 (20 overs) at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 13th March 2010
Lowest completed total 92 (18.2 overs) at Jaipur on 17th April 2013 103 (16.2 overs) at Mumbai on 7th May 2008
Largest victory (by runs) 37 runs at Jaipur on 11th April 2010 87 runs at Jaipur on 17th April 2013
Largest victory (by wickets) 10 wickets at Jaipur on 20th May 2012 10 wickets at Mumbai on 20th May 2011

(Top players’ stats)

Stats MI (vs RR) RR (vs MI)
Highest individual score 95* by Corey Anderson at Mumbai on 25th May 2014 100 by Yusuf Pathan at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 13th March 2010
Best bowling figures 4/28 by Munaf Patel at Mumbai on 11th April 2012 4/14 by Sohail Tanvir at Jaipur on 26th May 2008
Most runs scored 351 runs by Kieron Pollard 431 runs by Sanju Samson
Most wickets 14 wickets by Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard 13 wickets by Shane Watson

 

(Other important stats)

Mumbai Indians (MI)

  • It will be the 194th IPL match for Rohit Sharma. During this match, he will become the second most capped player in IPL history by surpassing Suresh Raina, who has played 193 IPL matches. Only MS Dhoni is ahead of them with 195 IPL matches.
Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, MI vs RR, Stats, Statistical Preview
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
  • It will be the 158th T20 match for Rohit Sharma for Mumbai Indians. During this match, he will equal Harbhajan Singh’s record of 158 T20 matches for this team and become the joint-second most capped player for MI in T20 history. Only Kieron Pollard is ahead of them who will play 176th T20 match for this team on Tuesday.
  • Rohit Sharma (3904 runs) is 96 runs away to complete his 4000 IPL runs for Mumbai Indians. He will be the first MI batsman to score 4000 IPL runs.
  • Kieron Pollard (2918 runs) is 82 runs behind to complete his 3000 IPL runs for Mumbai Indians. After Rohit Sharma, Pollard will be the second batsman to score 3000 IPL runs for this team.
Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, MI vs RR, Stats, Statistical Preview
Kieron Pollard (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)

 Rajasthan Royals (RR)

  • Jos Buttler (906 runs) is 94 runs behind to complete his 1000 T20 runs for Rajasthan Royals and become the sixth RR batsman to score 1000 T20 runs. Among the overseas batsmen of this team, only Shane Watson (2474 runs) has scored 1000+ T20 runs for this team.
Jos Buttler, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, MI vs RR, Stats, Statistical Preview
Jos Buttler (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
  • Robin Uthappa has scored 4444 runs in IPL career and he is 56 runs away to complete his 4500 IPL runs. He can be the eighth batsman to score 4500 runs in IPL history.
Robin Uthappa, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, MI vs RR, Stats, Statistical Preview
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)
  • Shreyas Gopal (33 wickets) is three wickets away to surpass their former leg-spinner Pravin Tambe (35 wickets) and become the second most wicket-taker as a spinner for Rajasthan Royals. Only their former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is ahead of them in this list with 58 T20 wickets for this team.
Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, MI vs RR, Stats, Statistical Preview
Shreyas Gopal (Photo by Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI)
  • Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat (22 wickets) needs one more wicket to put behind Sohail Tanvir (22 wickets) and become the second most IPL wicket-taker as a left-arm bowler for Rajasthan Royals. Their former team member, Australian left-arm pacer James Faulkner is leading this table with 47 IPL wickets for Rajasthan Royals.
Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, MI vs RR, Stats, Statistical Preview
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
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IPL 2020, Match 15: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Stats Preview

On Saturday (3rd October) afternoon, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face each other in the 15th match of the IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi).

It will be the fourth match for both these teams in the IPL 2020. After their first three matches of this season, both have earned four points each due to their two victories and one defeat. Moreover, in their last match, Royal Challengers Bangalore claimed a Super Over victory against the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI).

After the 14th match of the IPL 2020, while Rajasthan Royals are standing in the fifth position in the points table, Royal Challengers Bangalore are standing in the sixth spot in the points table.

Let’s look at some crucial stats preview before the upcoming 15th match of the IPL 2020 between RCB and RR

Teams’ forms in IPL 2020

Recent results

RCB (oldest to latest) – Won, Lost and Won (Super Over)

RR (oldest to latest) – Won, Won and Lost

Men-in-form

Stats RCB RR
Top run-scorers AB de Villiers (134 runs) Sanju Samson (167 runs)
Devdutt Padikkal (111 runs) Steven Smith (122 runs)
Aaron Finch (101 runs) Rahul Tewatia (77 runs)
Top wicket-takers Yuzvendra Chahal (5 wickets) Rahul Tewatia (4 wickets)
Shivam Dube (4 wickets) Jofra Archer (3 wickets)
Isuru Udana (2 wickets) Tom Curran (3 wickets)

 

Head-to-head records between RCB vs RR

Stats Matches RCB Won RR Won Tied No Result
Overall 20 8 10 0 2
In IPL 20 8 10 0 2
In UAE 1 0 1 0 0
In last 5 matches 5 2 3 0 0
In IPL 2019 2 0 1 0 1
  • Streaks running: In their last three full contests, Rajasthan Royals won all the matches. Last time, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals during the Eliminator of IPL 2015 (20th May 2015) at Pune where they won by 71 runs.

 

Records of RCB and RR in UAE

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
RCB 8 3 4 1 (1/0) 0
RR 8 4 3 1 (1/0) 0

 

Important stats between RCB vs RR

(Teams’ Stats)

Stats RCB (vs RR) RR (vs RCB)
Highest total 200/7 (20 overs) at Bengaluru on 29th April 2015 217/4 (20 overs) at Bengaluru on 15th April 2018
Lowest completed total 70 (15 overs) at Abu Dhabi on  26th April 2014 58 (15.1 overs) at Cape Town on 18th April 2009
Largest victory (by runs) 75 runs at Cape Town on 18th April 2009 65 runs at Jaipur on 17th May 2008
Largest victory (by wickets) 10 wickets at Bengaluru on 18th March 2010 7 wickets for thrice

 

(Top players’ stats)

Stats RCB (vs RR) RR (vs RCB)
Highest individual score 83 by Yuvraj Singh at Bengaluru on 11th May 2014 103* by Ajinkya Rahane at Bengaluru on 15th April 2012
Best bowling figures 5/5 by Anil Kumble at Cape Town on 18th April 2009 4/16 by Shreyas Gopal at Jaipur on 19th May 2018
Most runs scored 417 runs by AB de Villiers 347 runs by Ajinkya Rahane
Most wickets 11 wickets by Yuzvendra Chahal 12 wickets by Shreyas Gopal

 

Other important stats

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

  • Virat Kohli (8918 runs) is 82 runs away to complete his 9000 T20 runs. He will be the first Indian and seventh overall cricketer to score 9000 T20 runs.
RCB, Rajasthan Royals, RCB vs RR, Stats, Stats Preview
Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)
  • Dale Steyn (97 wickets) is three wickets behind to complete his 100 IPL wickets. Steyn will be the fourth overseas bowler to claim 100 IPL wickets.
Dale Steyn, RCB, Rajasthan Royals, RCB vs RR, Stats, Stats Preview
Dale Steyn (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

  • Robin Uthappa has scored 4427 runs in IPL career. With 73 more runs, Uthappa will become the eighth batsman to score 4500 IPL runs.
Robin Uthappa, RCB, Rajasthan Royals, RCB vs RR, Stats, Stats Preview
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)
  • The left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat (22 wickets) requires one more wicket to surpass Sohail Tanvir (22 wickets) and become the second most IPL wicket-taker as a left-arm bowler for Rajasthan Royals. The left-arm Australian pacer James Faulkner is leading this table with 47 IPL wickets for Rajasthan Royals.
RCB, Rajasthan Royals, RCB vs RR, Stats, Stats Preview
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
  • Shreyas Gopal (32 wickets) is four more wickets away to put behind their former leg-spinner Pravin Tambe (35 wickets) and become the second most wicket-taker as a spinner for Rajasthan Royals. Only their former Aussie leg-spinner Shane Warne is ahead of them in this list with 58 T20 wickets for this team.
Shreyas Gopal, RCB, Rajasthan Royals, RCB vs RR, Stats, Stats Preview
Shreyas Gopal (Image Credit: IPL)
Shreyas Gopal, IPl 2018, Zaheer Khan, Mumbai Indians
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IPL 2020: Shreyas Gopal Reckons Rajasthan Royals’ Match Against Royal Challengers Bangalore Will Be A Tough One

Shreyas Gopal, the Rajasthan Royals all-rounder spinner reckons that the game against tough opponent Royal Challengers Bangalore will a great contest between bat and ball.

RCB have won two games out of their three matches so far losing against KXIP. The Virat Kohli led side had clinched victory in their last game after defeating Mumbai Indians in the super over. Rajasthan Royals too have won two games out of their three losing only against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Shreyas Gopal, Steven Smith, Rajasthan Royals
Shreyas Gopal, Steven Smith, Rajasthan Royals. (Image Credit: Google)

Shreyas Gopal Looks Forward As Rajasthan Royals Play Against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Rajasthan have the upper hand against Bangalore as they have won 10 matches and lost 8 while 3 matches have produced no result. Shreyas Gopal played 14 games for the Rajasthan Royals in 2019 and picked as many as 20 wickets, including a hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore.  He has picked up 1 wicket so far in 3 games.

“RCB has always been a good team, a tough opponent. This year they’ve started off pretty well and won good games. It’s going to be a great game I’m sure,” said Shreyas in an official release issued by Rajasthan Royals.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

“It’ll be a great contest between bat and bowl and am really looking forward to playing against them, hopefully, we can put our third win on the board and take things forward for us as a side,” he added.

Rajasthan Royals will lock horns with RCB on Saturday at 3.30 pm IST. All eyes will be on RCB skipper Virat Kohli and it will be interesting to see if he ends the run drought so far in IPL 2020 as he had scored only 18 runs in 3 matches. Chris Morris if fit and Moeen Ali of RCB may be considered for selection in RCB’s starting XI while David Miller, Andrew Tye, or Oshane Thomas may get the nod if RR plans to change their squad.

Shreyas Gopal: RR Need To Assess Conditions As It Will Be First Day Match

The match will be the first day game of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2020. The day game is likely to make things interesting with the intense heat becoming a bigger factor and the possible absence of dew.

“It’s our first day-game, so honestly, we’ll need to assess the conditions when we go there and get to the ground. We can’t really estimate anything sitting here, we’ve practiced during the day a few times in the ICC academy so we’ll go there and take a call there itself,” said Shreyas.

Shreyas Gopal
Shreyas Gopal. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“It shouldn’t be too different. There might not be dew other than that I feel it’ll be a really good wicket and a good contest,” he added.

Delhi Capitals play Kolkata Knight Riders on the evening of 3rd October. Rajasthan Royals won 3 matches against RCB out of 4 in 2018 and 2019 while 1 was no-result. Rajasthan Royals were banned for 2 years in 2016 and 2017.

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IPL 2020, Match 12: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – Stats Preview

On Wednesday (30th September) evening, Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face each other in the 12th match of the IPL 2020 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai). It will be the third match for both these teams in the IPL 2020.

Rajasthan Royals are now the only IPL 2020 side who haven’t lost a match yet as they have won both their first two matches in this season at Sharjah. Rajasthan Royals started this season with the 16 runs victory against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and then snatched a four-wicket victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders began this IPL season with a 49-run defeat against the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at Abu Dhabi. However, in their next game against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the same venue, KKR managed to claim a comfortable seven-wicket victory.

Let’s look at some crucial stats preview before the upcoming 12th match of the IPL 2020 between RR vs KKR

Head-to-head records between RR vs KKR

Stats Matches RR Won KKR Won Tied No Result
Overall 21 8 10 2 (RR won 2) 1
In IPL 21 8 10 2 (RR won 2) 1
In UAE 1 0 0 1 (RR won) 0
In last 5 matches 5 1 4 0 0
In IPL 2019 2 1 1 0 0

 

Records of RR and KKR in UAE

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
RR 7 4 2 1 (1/0) 0
KKR 7 3 3 1 (0/1) 0

 

Important stats between RR vs KKR

(Teams’ Stats)

Stats RR (vs KKR) KKR (vs RR)
Highest total 199/6 (20 overs) at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 16th May 2015 190/9 (20 overs) at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 16th May 2015
Lowest completed total 81 (15.2 overs) at Kolkata on 17th April 2011 125 (19 overs) at Jaipur on 8th April 2013
Largest victory (by runs) 45 runs at Jaipur on 1st May 2008 25 runs at Kolkata on 23rd May 2018
Largest victory (by wickets) 6 wickets at Kolkata on 20th May 2008 9 wickets at Jaipur on 15th April 2011

 

(Top players’ stats)

Stats RR (vs KKR) KKR (vs RR)
Highest individual score 104* by Shane Watson at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 16th May 2015 97* by Dinesh Karthik at Kolkata on 25th April 2019
Best bowling figures 4/23 by Chris Morris at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) on 16th May 2015 4/20 by Kuldeep Yadav at Kolkata on 15th May 2018
Most runs scored 338 runs by Ajinkya Rahane 255 runs by Gautam Gambhir
Most wickets 9 wickets by Siddharth Trivedi 9 wickets by Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan

 

Other important stats

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

  • Shreyas Gopal (31 wickets) needs four more wickets to surpass their former leg-spinner Pravin Tambe (35 wickets) and become the most wicket-taker as an Indian spinner for Rajasthan Royals. Among the overall Rajasthan Royals spinners, only the Aussie leg-spinner Shane Warne is ahead of them with 58 T20 wickets for this team.
Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, RR vs KKR, Stats, Stats Preview
Rajasthan Royals cricketer Shreyas Gopal (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
  • By taking two more wickets, the left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat (21 wickets) will surpass Sohail Tanvir (22 wickets) and become the second most IPL wicket-taker as a left-arm bowler for Rajasthan Royals. The left-arm Australian pacer James Faulkner is leading this table with 47 IPL wickets for Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, RR vs KKR, Stats, Stats Preview
Jaydev Unadkat (Photo Credit: BCCI)
  • Robin Uthappa (4425 runs) is 75 runs away to complete 4500 IPL runs. Till 29th September 2020, a total of six batsmen have managed to score more than 4500 IPL runs.
Robin Uthappa, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, RR vs KKR, Stats, Stats Preview
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)

 

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

  • It will be 122nd T20 match for KKR for Sunil Narine. During this match, he will be a joint most-capped player for KKR in T20 cricket. Their former cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan also played 122 T20s for this side.
Sunil Narine, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, RR vs KKR, Stats, Stats Preview
Sunil Narine (Image Credit: Getty Images)
  • Sunil Narine (45 sixes) is five sixes away to complete his 50 T20 sixes for KKR. He will be sixth KKR batsman to hit 50 T20 sixes.
  • Sunil Narine (386 wickets) is four wickets behind from the second most T20 wicket-taker Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga (390 wickets). Dwayne Bravo is the most T20 wicket-taker with 506 T20 wickets.
  • The left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (45 wickets) is five wickets away to complete 50 T20 wickets for KKR. He will be the first left-arm bowler and fourth overall bowler to take 50 T20 wickets for KKR.
Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, RR vs KKR, Stats, Stats Preview
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
  • Eoin Morgan (297 sixes) is three sixes away to complete his 300 T20 sixes. After Dutch cricketer Ryan ten Doeschate (308 sixes), Morgan will be the second European to hit 300 T20 sixes.
Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, RR vs KKR, Stats, Stats Preview
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)
  • Dinesh Karthik has made 59 T20 stumpings. With two more T20 stumpings, Karthik will surpass Kumar Sangakkara (60 stumpings) and climb up the third position in most T20 stumpings record. Only Kamran Akmal (97 stumpings) and MS Dhoni (84 stumpings) are ahead of them in this list.
Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, RR vs KKR, Stats, Stats Preview
Dinesh Karthik (mage Credit: Getty Images)
  • Andre Russell (1418 runs) is 82 runs away to complete his 1500 T20 runs for KKR. He will be fifth KKR batsman to score 1500 T20 runs.
Andre Russell, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, RR vs KKR, Stats, Stats Preview
Andre Russell (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)
  • Andre Russell (296 wickets) is four wickets away to complete his 300 T20 wickets. A total of eight bowlers have managed to claim 300+ T20 wickets till the date.
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IPL 2020, Match 9: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – Stats Preview

On Sunday (27th September) evening, during the ninth match of the IPL 2020, Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will meet at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah).

It will be the second game for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020. In their opening match of this tournament, Rajasthan Royals faced Chennai Super Kings (CSK), where they won by 16 runs. Since their return to the IPL after completing the suspension period, it was the first time when RR won their IPL season opener.

On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab have already played two matches where they suffered one Super Over defeat but won the other one. In their tournament opener against Delhi Capitals (DC), KXIP were unlucky as they tied that match but lost the Super Over contest.

In their second game of this season, KXIP thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 97 runs and registered their first victory in the IPL 2020.

Let’s look at some crucial stats preview before the upcoming 9th match of the IPL 2020 between RR vs KXIP

Head-to-head records between RR vs KXIP

Stats Matches RR Won KXIP Won Tied No Result
Overall 19 10 8 1 (KXIP won) 0
In IPL 19 10 8 1 (KXIP won) 0
In UAE 1 0 1 0 0
In last 5 matches 5 1 3 1 (KXIP won) 0
In IPL 2019 2 0 2 0 0
  • Streaks running: In the last season, Kings XI Punjab won both the matches against Rajasthan Royals. At present, KXIP is going with two-match winning streak against Rajasthan Royals. Last time, RR beat KXIP at Jaipur on 8th May 2018 where RR won by 15 runs.

 

Records of RR and KXIP in UAE

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
RR 6 3 2 1 (1/0) 0
KXIP 7 6 0 1 (0/1) 0

 

Important stats between RR vs KXIP

(Teams’ Stats)

Stats RR (vs KXIP) KXIP (vs RR)
Highest total 211/4 (20 overs) at Durban on 5th May 2009 221/3 (20 overs) at Mohali on 28th May 2008
Lowest completed total 112/7 (20 overs) at Cape Town on 26th April 2009 124 (18.5 overs) at Jaipur on 14th April 2013
Largest victory (by runs) 78 runs at Durban on 5th May 2009 48 runs at Mohali on 21st April 2011
Largest victory (by wickets) 9 wickets at Jaipur on 7th April 2010 7 wickets at Sharjah on 20th April 2014

 

(Top players’ stats)

Stats RR (vs KXIP) KXIP (vs RR)
Highest individual score 98 by Ajinkya Rahane at Jaipur on 6th April 2012 115 by Shaun Marsh at Mohali on 28th May 2008
Best bowling figures 4/26 by Kevon Copper at Jaipur on 6th April 2012 4/34 by Ryan Harris and Andrew Tye (once each)
Most runs scored 373 runs by Ajinkya Rahane 409 runs by Shaun Marsh
Most wickets 11 wickets by Siddarth Trivedi 14 wickets by Piyush Chawla

 

Other important stats

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

  • The left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat (21 wickets) needs to pick up two more wickets to surpass Sohail Tanvir (22 wickets) and become the second most IPL wicket-taker as a left-arm bowler for Rajasthan Royals. The left-arm Australian pacer James Faulkner is leading this table with 47 IPL wickets for this team.
Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, RR vs KXIP, Stats, Stats Preview
Jaydev Unadkat (Photo Credit: BCCI)
  • With four more wickets, Shreyas Gopal (31 wickets) will surpass the leg-spinner Pravin Tambe (35 wickets) and will become the most Indian wicket-taker for Rajasthan Royals. Among the other overseas spinners of this team, only their former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warner is ahead from Gopal and Tambe with 58 wickets for this team.
Shreyas Gopal, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, RR vs KXIP, Stats, Stats Preview
Shreyas Gopal (Image Credit: IPL)
  • Sanju Samson (98 sixes) is two sixes behind to complete his 100 IPL sixes.
Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, RR vs KXIP, Stats, Stats Preview
Sanju Samson (Image Credit: IPL)
  • Sanju Samson (6 stumpings) is two stumpings away to become the wicket-keeper with most stumpings for Rajasthan Royals. While he is currently in the joint second position in this list with Dishant Yagnik (6 stumpings), Naman Ojha made 7 T20 stumpings for this team.

 

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

  • Glenn Maxwell (78 sixes) needs to hit one more six to become the second most IPL six-hitter for KXIP by surpassing Shaun Marsh (78 sixes). David Miller is leading this list with 87 IPL sixes for this team.
Glenn Maxwell, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, RR vs KXIP, Stats, Stats Preview
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: IPL)
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