With Smith ready for a return to top-flight cricket, the Ajinkya Rahane-led team will be hoping to go a few steps further in IPL 2019.
The Royals lacked proper all-rounders last season and thus they bought a barrage of all-rounders at the auction.
Also, they have bought a lot of fast bowlers to strengthen bowling-attack. Talking about batsmen, the Royals will be dependent on the overseas stars once again. Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are going to be the backbone of Rajasthan’s batting. The team also has more batting options this time around.
Here’s the full list of RR team players and their salaries:
Jasprit Bumrah hurt his left shoulder during Mumbai Indians’ first IPL 2019 match against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede stadium and gave everyone a sleepless night on Sunday.
However, the good news is that the fast bowler is fit as it was just a case of shoulder spasm.
“He is fit and it was just a case of shoulder spasm, nothing serious at all. He is an integral part of both Team India and Mumbai Indians and with the World Cup round the corner, the management felt it was best to keep him away from the batting crease on Sunday,” the sources were quoted as saying by India Today.
Moreover, Team India’s physio Patrick Farhart contacted MI physio Nitin Patel on Monday morning to know the status of Bumrah’s fitness. Even India skipper Virat Kohli and the team management was worried about the pace bowler.
“Everyone was concerned and Patrick spoke to Nitin on Monday morning to gauge the situation and the future course of action as Bumrah is an integral part of the Indian team going into the World Cup in May. But, there is nothing to worry and he is likely to take the field in the next game,” the source added.
Bumrah returned in 1/40 before sustaining the injury after his last delivery of the Delhi innings. He had stayed back in Mumbai itself as the franchise assessed his injury while the rest of the team left for Bengaluru on Monday. But now Bumrah will join the team on Tuesday ahead of their next game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kings XI Punjab will start their IPL 2019 journey on March 25, playing against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle had a fantastic 2018 season, and the fans would love to see that again. Ravichandran Ashwin has been impressive as a captain.
In the 2019 IPL auctions, Punjab under the ownership of KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited successfully overcame four other franchise teams to secure the services of mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy for a whopping amount of INR 8.40 crore. They also claimed England star all-rounder Sam Curran for a sum of INR 7.20 crore.
The other top player in the squad is Australia’s Moises Henriques, who will be available for the whole tournament. Meanwhile, South Africa’s Hardus Viljoen, who was the most successful bowler in the recent T10 League in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will spearhead the attack along with Mohammad Shami.
Seventeen-year-old Prabhsimran Singh was also added to their squad mainly because of his outstanding performances with India’s Emerging squad in the recent Under-19 Asia Cup.
Owners: Preity Zinta, Karan Paul, Mohit Burman
Home ground: Kiran IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Sam Curran, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar
Head coach: Mike Hesson Batting coach: Sridharan Sriram Bowling coach: Ryan Harris Fielding coach: Craig McMillan
Besides winning the first IPL tournament in 2008, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) team struggled to gain any momentum. They returned last season after serving two years of suspension along with Chennai Super Kings. With core players like Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat and Jofra Archer, the team looks balanced.
Turner, the 26-year-old right-hand middle-order batsmen, of course, has limited experience in franchise cricket but has made a fine impact while representing the Perth Scorchers in the recent Big Bash League (BBL).
Livingstone, the 25-year-old all-rounder enjoyed a great amount of success for his franchise Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League.
With every franchise looking for bowlers who clock more than 140kph, the promising Thomas could be the ideal selection for the RR in this year’s IPL. The 22-year-old right-arm pacer troubled the Indian batsmen during last year’s ODI series and has captured 28 wickets from 20 T20s at an economy rate of 8.83.
With Varun Aaron, Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat also making the line-up RR can be pleased of having one of the best bowling line-ups in the IPL.