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3 areas that RR need to address during IPL Auction 2019

Vaibhav Joshi
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12 Nov 2018, 09:52 IST

Royals will need to look into their problems closely in order to field a better XI in IPL 2019
Royals will need to look into their problems closely in order to field a better XI in IPL 2019

We are a month away from the IPL Auction 2019, and the tempo is starting to increase as we are nearing the trade/release deadlines. Besides that, the swap deals between various franchises have given a new dimension to the tournament. This time around, the auction will not be on a massive scale like it was last year. 

The IPL Auction 2019 will happen to be an ideal opportunity for a team like Rajasthan Royals that will be eager enough to make few changes to their squad. 

Rajasthan Royals had a pretty decent IPL 2018 where they finished fourth on the points table under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane. Although Royals qualified for the playoffs, it wasn't as easy as it seemed. Royals had to fight it out to get a place in the playoffs. However, the road wasn't long for Royals as they had to face an exit in the Eliminator itself.

Thus, RR will have a decent amount of task up against their sleeve in the coming IPL Auction 2019. Royals will look to fill their voids in the 2019 IPL auctions.

Let us look at three areas that Rajasthan Royals will need to address in the IPL Auction 2019: 

#1 Pace department

Jaydev Unadkat failed to get going in IPL 2018
Jaydev Unadkat failed to get going in IPL 2018

Barring Jofra Archer, Rajasthan Royals struggled considerably in their pace department as they were short of experienced bowlers. Besides that, Stokes' sorry run in IPL 2018 made the matter worse for them. The likes of Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin, and their expensive buy Jaydev Unadkat didn't really work out. They shelled a lot of amount for Unadkat which happened to be futile as the Saurashtra bowler failed to perform in IPL 2018. 

Lack of quality options in their pace department forced the Royals to turn to their newbies: Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, and Jofra Archer. Nonetheless, the investment turned out to be worthy as these three performed brilliantly in IPL 2018. However, deficiency of fast bowling options made Royals handicapped in the death overs which cost them dearly towards the business end of the innings. Hence, the need for experienced pace bowlers in their side.

Moreover, going into the IPL Auction 2019, Royals would keep it specific while keeping an eye on experienced Indian fast bowlers as it will help them churn out a balanced XI without compromising any premier player's spot. Besides that, the absence of English and Australian players from the latter part of the tournament means that they need an experienced bowler 

Thus, without any second thought, RR will look to recruit quality pace bowlers, experienced Indian pace bowlers to be specific, in the upcoming auction. 

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