Rajasthan Royals (RR) were the IPL champions in the inaugural edition of 2008 and are making their comeback into the IPL fold after serving their two-year suspension.
Rajasthan Royals have always punched above their weight in the IPL and have made it to the playoffs in IPL 2013 and 2015. They were famous for their frugality in the IPL auctions, usually buying utility and unknown players and making stars out of them.
However, they shredded that image of theirs and spent big bucks in the IPL 2018 auction.
Rajasthan Royals had retained just one player before the IPL 2018 auction, Steve Smith, who had been suspended from the IPL 2018 season due to his 12-month ban handed by CA due to the ball-tampering saga. RR recruited South African wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen in lieu of Smith.
In the auction, RR used the RTM card to buy back Ajinkya Rahane and Dhawal Kulkarni. They spent INR 12.5 crores to buy the hottest player in the pool; England’s Ben Stokes and then spent INR 11.5 crores to buy Jaydev Unadkat. In a surprisingly buy, they spent INR 6.2 crore for K Gowtham and used the RTM card to buy back Sanju Samson for INR 8 crore.
Rajasthan Royals have also brought back their IPL 2008 winning captain Shane Warne as the mentor for their 2018 season.
Let’s take a look at the strengths of Rajasthan Royals