Rajasthan Royals had formed a brilliant squad for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. They already had the likes of Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Rahul Tewatia in the squad. The Royals also signed some big names like Chris Morris and Liam Livingstone at IPL Auction 2021.
Unfortunately, just before IPL 2021 began, the Rajasthan Royals learned that Jofra Archer would not be available because of his injury issues. Ben Stokes broke his finger in Rajasthan's season opener against the Punjab Kings, while a few days later, Liam Livingstone and Andrew Tye opted out of the competition.
As a result, the Rajasthan Royals have only four overseas players in their squad right now. While South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen is set to join RR soon, a report has claimed that the Royals have approached other teams to loan out some of their unused players.
Here are the five players the Rajasthan Royals could get on loan.
5. Rajasthan Royals could target Jason Behrendorff
Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff went unsold at IPL Auction 2021. But just a few days before the season began, the Chennai Super Kings roped him in as a replacement for his compatriot Josh Hazlewood.
The Chennai Super Kings are at the top of the points table right now. Since the Chennai-based franchise have dominated their opponents with their existing team combination in IPL 2021, they could loan out Jason to the Rajasthan Royals.
The Jaipur-based franchise loves left-arm fast bowlers. Having lost two pace bowlers in the form of Andrew Tye and Jofra Archer, they will surely like to bolster their pace attack by getting Jason Behrendorff. The Aussie could be a fantastic backup for Mustafizur Rahman.
4. Anrich Nortje
Another fast bowler who could be on the Rajasthan Royals' radar is Anrich Nortje. Surprisingly, the Delhi Capitals have not used Nortje yet in IPL 2021. They have preferred Chris Woakes, Tom Curran and Kagiso Rabada as their overseas pace bowlers.
Nortje did an excellent job for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. Since he is seemingly not finding a place in the playing XI, the Capitals could probably loan him out to the Rajasthan Royals.
Like Jofra Archer, Nortje bowls right-arm pace and takes wickets at regular intervals. Hence, he could be a valuable addition to the RR squad.
3. Jason Roy
This signing could be game-changing for the Rajasthan Royals. Jason Roy joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad as Mitchell Marsh's replacement. Hyderabad's decision to sign Roy raised many eyebrows because they already have top-quality overseas batsmen in their squad.
Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner occupy three overseas spots in the playing XI, while Rashid Khan is the fourth foreign player. With all four overseas players performing well in IPL 2021, it is unlikely that the Sunrisers Hyderabad will give Jason Roy a game.
Ben Stokes opened the innings for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. After his injury, the Royals have sent Jos Buttler to bat at the top. The Jaipur-based franchise could use Buttler in the middle-order once again by signing Jason Roy on loan.
Roy is an explosive opener who can potentially form a brilliant partnership with Yashasvi Jaiswal at the top. He can lay the platform for Sanju Samson, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia and Chris Morris to destroy the opposition bowlers in the second half. Hence, the Royals must consider signing Jason.
2. Rajasthan Royals could target Finn Allen
New Zealand's wicket-keeper batsman Finn Allen did not earn a single bid at IPL Auction 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore later signed him as Josh Philippe's replacement.
Finn Allen is a destructive opening batsman like Jason Roy. Like the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have a settled top-order. Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers have done an excellent job for the team. They also have Mohammed Azharuddeen on the bench.
So the Royal Challengers Bangalore can loan out Finn Allen to the Rajasthan Royals. The Kiwi player could open the innings for the Royals and give them some excellent starts in the powerplay overs.
1. Ben Cutting
The Kolkata Knight Riders bought Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting at IPL Auction 2021, but they have not used him yet. The Knight Riders have preferred Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell in the foreign all-rounders' section.
Cutting could benefit a lot by joining the Rajasthan Royals on loan. He will likely receive more game time at RR. The Jaipur-based franchise can strengthen their core by getting Cutting on loan.
The Australian all-rounder can smash big hits and even take a few wickets with his pace-bowling. He could make up for Ben Stokes' absence in the all-rounders' section.
It will be interesting to see which players the Rajasthan Royals get on loan in IPL 2021.