Rajasthan Royals Team: All You Need To Know About The Royals

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IPL 2019
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The Rajasthan Royals team from Jaipur always embodied resilience, commitment and a never-say-die attitude. Their name displayed the elegance, valour, and class of Rajasthan.

They debuted as Champions in the league and set high standards. Unfortunately, they got embroiled in a match-fixing scandal but bounced back stronger. From churning out cricketing stars to the scandals, we trace the journey of this unassuming and super-talented team.

About Rajasthan Royals Team

CaptainAjinkya Rahane
Home StadiumSawai Mansingh Stadium
OwnersManoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch
Brand AmbassadorShane Warne
Head of CricketZubin Bharucha
Head CoachPaddy Upton
Batting CoachAmol Muzumdar
Spin Bowling CoachSairaj Bahutule
Fast Bowling CoachSteffan Jones
Fielding CoachDishant Yagnik
PhysiotherapistJohn Gloster

 

Rajasthan Royals Quick Stats

  • Matches – 132
  • 100s – 4
  • 50s – 87
  • Wickets – 681
  • Trophies – 1

Rajasthan Royals Team 2019

PlayerNationalityRoleSalary (₹ Crore)
Ben StokesEnglandAll-rounder12.5
Steve SmithAustraliaBatsman12
Sanju SamsonIndiaWicketkeeper/Batsman8
Jofra ArcherBarbadosBowler7.2
Krishnappa GowthamIndiaAll-rounder6.2
Jos ButtlerEnglandWicketkeeper/Batsman4.4
Ajinkya RahaneIndiaBatsman4
Rahul TripathiIndiaAll-rounder3.4
Dhawal KulkarniIndiaBowler0.75
Ish SodhiIndiaBowler0.50
Stuart BinnyIndiaBowler0.50
Aryaman BirlaIndiaBowler0.30
Mahipal LomrorIndiaAll-rounder0.20
Prashant ChopraIndiaWicketkeeper/Batsman0.20
Shreyas GopalIndiaAll-rounder0.20
Sudhesan MidhunIndiaBowler0.20

Rajasthan Royals History

Golden Start

When Indian Premier League started, nobody really expected the Rajasthan Royals to lift the cup. They didn’t have the flamboyance of Royal Challenger Bangalore, the star-power of Kolkatta Knight Riders, or the money of the Mumbai Indians. A fairly low-profile team and the least expensive out of the original eight, RR managed to debut in style.

 

Under the leadership of then captain Shane Warne they became the first champions of IPL. They continued their stellar run and were the runners-up at the Champions League 2013 as well. Yusuf Pathan’s performance in the inaugural edition was appreciated by everyone and Shane Watson won the Man of the Tournament award. He scored 472 runs and took 17 wickets.

Disappointments Followed

The second edition of the league was a disaster for the team. They won just 6 matches out of the total 14 and ended up on the 6th position out of 8. In 2010, their terrible run continued and they slipped a place to finish 7th. It was heart-breaking to see the once mighty team withering away.

Controversies and Scandals

In 2011, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab got embroiled in an ownership controversy. They were ejected by the BCCI but later reinstated due to a High Court order. With so much chaos, the team couldn’t really bounce back and never made it to the playoffs.

In 2013, the team managed to qualify for the playoffs, but lost to Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier and were thrown out of the league. They did manage to qualify for the Champions trophy by securing the third position.

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Rajasthan Royals Match Fixing Scandal

Three members of the Rajasthan Royals team- Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi Police for spot-fixing. There were reports that the players confessed about their role. The players were immediately suspended by Rajasthan Royals.

Former co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra was also suspended and his shares were bought back by other owners. Subsequently, both teams- Rajasthan and Chennai were suspended for two years.

 

In the year 2018, the team was back in the IPL and ready to start afresh.

Discovering Talent

While most teams in the Indian Premier League spend crores to sign on the top names, Rajasthan Royals management has preferred discovering and supporting upcoming talent. The team has signed on relatively unknown names for frugal prices and turned them into cricketing stars. Most of these players have become permanent fixtures in their respective national teams and big names now.

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