Complete List Of Players In RR And Pricing: Rajasthan Royals Team 2019

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Rajasthan Royals Overview

Rajasthan Royals had a just about managed to make it to the playoff round after finishing just 2 points above Mumbai Indians who had a superior net run rate. However, in the playoffs against Kolkata Knight Riders, RR couldn’t manage to chase down the target of 170, even after having 6 wickets in hand and two established batsman on the crease. That highlighted an important shortcoming in their lineup – lack of firepower. Another bug that they faced was a leaky bowling attack.

Fast forward 6 months and Royals decided to completely overhaul the squad, releasing as many as 10 players in the transfer window. The massive exodus saw the Rajasthan team amass just over ₹20 crores in their kitty going into the 2019 IPL Auctions.

The biggest highlight of the auction was Royals’ stunning bidding for Jaydev Unadkat, whom they had released just a month ago. He had been bought for an astronomical price of ₹11.50 crores by the same team who was now bidding fiercely for him. In the auctions, Royals seemed like the clear winners when the price stood at ₹ 5 crores.

However, the entry of Chennai Super Kings, who were in for an Indian pacer themselves, made the bidding war ugly. It only culminated after the price went beyond CSK’s limited purse. Nonetheless, by that time, Unadkat had once again become the highest player in IPL auctions.

It may seem cynical on the Royals’ part to sign a player that they just released, but look closely and you would find that they indeed saved a lot of money (₹3 cr excluding the retaining fee) on a player whose talent they already knew.

Pace additions continued to be on the Royals’ mind, with the likes of Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron being bought for a total of ₹ 3.5 crores. That does make for an impressive pace attack when you add Ben Stokes to the equation. RR also showed interested untested international players like Ashton Turner and Liam Livingstone to make up for the loss of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer,  and Ben Stokes, who could all leave late in the IPl season.

Squad Strength: 25

Players bought in the auction: 9

Purse Unspent: Rs 7.15 Crore

Complete Squad

BatsmenAllroundersSpinnersPacers
Manan Vohra*Riyan Parag*Ish SodhiOshane Thomas*
Ajinkya RahaneAshton Turner*M LomrorVarun Aaron*
Sanju Samson (wk)S Ranjane*Jaydev Unadkat*
Aryaman BirlaL Livingstone*Dhawal Kulkarni
Prashant ChopraShashank Singh*S. Midhun
Rahul TripathiK Gowtham
Steven SmithShreyas Gopal
Jos Buttler (wk)Stuart Binny
Ben Stokes
Jofra Archer

* represents newly signed players

Possible Starting XI: Manan Vohra, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron.

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Monish Gadiya is an editor at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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