Rajasthan Royals finished last in the IPL 2020. This was the first time that they finished last in the points table. And their poor net run-rate only made this season worse for them. Since then, they have released several of their key players including their captain Steve Smith.
The Rajasthan Royals franchise has also appointed Kumar Sangakkara as the Team Director ahead of IPL 2021.
The players retained by RR team management are: Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye.
Players released by RR team management are: Steve Smith, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron.
Sanju Samson was named the new captain of Rajasthan Royals ahead of IPL 2021 and currently, they have a purse of Rs. 34.85 crore remaining to bid for players.
So, 5 players who may be picked by RR are:
1. Chris Morris
The South African all-rounder was surprisingly released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He can get picked by Rajasthan Royals as he can provide good support to Ben Stokes, the other pace-bowling all-rounder. Also, that might strengthen RR’s middle order with Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag as able finishers with the bat. To add to the point, even if his bidding goes as high as INR 13 Cr, still, RR will have another INR 22 Cr. to buy other playersEmbed from Getty Images
2. Umesh Yadav
The express Indian fast bowler released by RCB can be a good pick for RR as currently, RR lacks a good Indian pacer. His experience with the new ball will be vital for RR for making early breakthroughs.Embed from Getty Images
3. Kedar Jadhav
The middle-order batsman released by CSK can be a good pick for RR. He can also bowl part-time off-spin as well as keep wickets when required. Recently, he also scored 2 half-centuries for Maharashtra in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament which augurs his good form for his selection.Embed from Getty Images
4. Alex Hales
Although he is a discarded player for England, with several of the England players including Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer unavailable for later stages of the tournament, this could be an opportunity for him to open the batting for RR. Also, he’s an explosive batsman and representing Sydney Thunder, he scored the most runs in BBL 2020-21 with a century and 3 fifties at a strike rate of 164.Embed from Getty Images
5. James Pattinson
He can be the perfect back-up for Jofra Archer in case he gets injured or leaves tournament mid-way. He, just like Jofra Archer can provide early breakthroughs with the ball and may be available for the whole season.Embed from Getty Images
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