IPL 2019: Predicting Rajasthan Royals' starting eleven vs Kings XI Punjab
- The article looks at the possible playing XI that the Royals could field in their opening encounter against KXIP. What are your thoughts?
All Rounders - Ben Stokes and Krishnappa Gowtham
The most expensive player in the previous edition will look to prove his worth as the best all-rounder in cricket. Known for his explosive batting and his wicket-taking abilities, Ben Stokes is someone who can turn the game from the word go. He provides four overs of quality bowling at the death as well as in the powerplay and his hitting skills are second to none. He will be looking to finish off things for Royals once their top order gets out and will want to pick up the crucial wickets.
More of a bowling all-rounder, Krishnappa Gowtham is also an effective pinch-hitter. His variations in spin and googlies are very well known. He has the ability to make the ball reach the fence with his bat and his strike rate of 197 in the previous season is proof of that. He also picked up 11 wickets and was the joint second highest wicket-taker for the Royals. His performance will have a huge impact on how the Royals shape this year and it is extremely crucial that he performs well.
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