BIO: Rajasthan Royals is an Indian Premier League franchise based in the city of the Jaipur. The Rajasthan Royals franchise is owned and chaired by Manoj Badale. The Group acquired the franchise for $67 million. It was the least expensive franchise in the Indian Premier League. Bollywood actress and Celebrity Big Brother winner Shilpa Shettyand her husband Raj Kundra paid approximately US $15.4 million for a 11.7% stake before the start of IPL 2 in early 2009. The team's mascot is a lion named Moochu. The team anthem, 'Halla Bol' is sung by Sunidhi Chauhan. it was initially regarded as the weakest team in the Indian Premier League. But they soon surprised everyone and proved that they are worth much more when they became the winner of the first IPL tournament on 1 June 2008, having defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets.
Yusuf Pathan claimed the Man of the Match award for the final match, Sohail Tanvir finished the tournament in possession of the Purple Cap (the IPL's leading wicket taker) and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was declared the Man of the Series. The leading run-scorer of the side is Rahul Dravid. Rajasthan Royals home venue is the iconic Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Some of the team's other great players include: Brad Hodge, Ajinkya Rahane, Sreesanth, Fidel Edwards, Shane Watson etc