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Rajasthan Royals head into the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the back of a promising 2018 season. Despite their Aussie star, Steve Smith, serving out a one-year ban, the team managed to reach the playoffs.

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:

Ben Stokes – ₹12.5 crore

Steve Smith – ₹12 crore

Jaydev Unadkat – ₹8.4 crore

Sanju Samson – ₹8 crore

Jofra Archer – ₹7.2 crore 

Krishnappa Gowtham – ₹6.2 crore 

Jos Buttler – ₹4.4 crore

Ajinkya Rahane – ₹4 crore

Rahul Tripathi India – ₹3.4 crore 

Varun Aaron – ₹2.4 crore

Oshane Thomas – ₹1.1 crore

Dhawal Kulkarni – ₹75 lakh 

Ish Sodhi – ₹50 lakh 

Stuart Binny – ₹50 lakh

Liam Livingstone – ₹50 lakh

Ashton Turner – ₹50 lakh

Shashank Singh – ₹30 lakh

Aryaman Birla – ₹30 lakh 

Mahipal Lomror – ₹20 lakh 

Prashant Chopra – ₹20 lakh 

Shreyas Gopal – ₹20 lakh 

Sudhesan Midhun – ₹20 lakh 

Shubham Ranjane – ₹20 lakh

Manan Vohra – ₹20 lakh

Riyan Parag – ₹20 lakh

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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.

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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

Players:

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

Support Staff:

Head coach: Mike Hesson
Batting coach: Sridharan Sriram
Bowling coach: Ryan Harris
Fielding coach: Craig McMillan

Stats:

Matches played: 162
Matches won: 74
Winning rate: 46.29%

Title won: 0

Most runs: Chris Gayle (3994 runs)
Most wickets: Ravichandran Ashwin (110 wickets)

Schedule:

Monday, March 25

8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur

Wednesday, March 27

8 pm IST: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata

Saturday, March 30

4 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians in Mohali

Monday, April 1

8 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals in Mohali

Saturday, April 6

4 pm IST: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab in Chennai

Monday, April 8

8 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali

Wednesday, April 10

8 pm IST: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai

Saturday, April 13

8 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali

Tuesday, April 16

8 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals in Mohali

Saturday, April 20

8 pm IST: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab in Delhi

Wednesday, April 24

8 pm IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab in Bengaluru

Monday, April 29

8 pm IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab

Friday, May 3

8 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali

Sunday, May 5

4 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings in Mohali

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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.

The key performers for Royals this season could be Australia’s Ashton Turner, England’s Liam Livingstone and West Indies paceman, Oshane Thomas.

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.

Owners: Manoj Badale (Royal Multisport Pvt Ltd)

Home ground: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Players:

Ajinkya Rahane (c), Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun

Support Staff:

Head coach: Paddy Upton
Batting coach: Amol Muzumdar
Spin bowling coach: Sairaj Bahutule
Fast bowling coach: Steffan Jones
Fielding coach: Dishant Yagnik
Head of cricket: Zubin Bharucha

Stats:

Matches played: 132
Matches won: 68
Winning rate: 53.05%

Title won: 1

Most runs: Ajinkya Rahane (3427 runs)
Most wickets: Dhawal Kulkarni (80 wickets)

Schedule:

Monday, March 25

8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur

Friday, March 29

8 pm IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad

Sunday, March 31

8 pm IST: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals in Chennai

Tuesday, April 2

8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur

Sunday, April 7

8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Jaipur

Thursday, April 11

8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings in Chennai

Saturday, April 13

4 pm IST: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai

Tuesday, April 16

8 pm IST: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals in Mohali

Saturday, April 20

4 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians in Jaipur

Monday, April 22

8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals in Jaipur

Thursday, April 25

8 pm IST: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata

Saturday, April 27

8 pm IST: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Jaipur

Tuesday, April 30

8 pm IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals

Saturday, May 4

4 pm IST: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals in Delhi

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