May 11 2023
Kolkata Knight Riders
149/8 (20 ov)
151/1 (13.1 ov)
May 14 2023
Royal Challengers Bangalore
59/10 (10.3 ov)
171/5 (20 ov)
May 19 2023
187/5 (20 ov)
189/6 (19.4 ov)
|Jos Buttler||Wicketkeeper||Right Handed||32|
|Yashasvi Jaiswal||Batsman||Left Handed||21|
|Sanju Samson||Wicketkeeper||Right Handed||28|
|Devdutt Padikkal||Batsman||Left Handed||22|
|Riyan Parag||All Rounder||Right Handed||21|
|Shimron Hetmyer||Batsman||Left Handed||26|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||All Rounder||Right Handed||36|
|Jason Holder||All Rounder||Right Handed||31|
|Trent Boult||Bowler||Left Arm||33|
|KM Asif||Bowler||Right Arm||29|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Bowler||Right Arm||32|
|Navdeep Saini||Bowler||Right Arm||30|
|Dhruv Jurel||Batsman||Right Handed||22|
|Donavon Ferrei||All Rounder||Right Handed||24|
|Murugan Ashwin||Bowler||Right Arm||32|
|Sandeep Sharma||Bowler||Right Arm||30|
|Joe Root||Batsman||Right Handed||32|
|Kunal Singh Rathore||Wicketkeeper||Left Handed||20|
|Abdul Basith||Batsman||Right Handed||24|
|Akash Vasisht||All Rounder||Left Handed||28|
|KC Cariappa||Bowler||Right Arm||29|
|Obed McCoy||Bowler||Left Arm||26|
|Kuldeep Sen||Bowler||Right Arm||26|
|Kuldip Yadav||Bowler||Left Arm||26|
|Adam Zampa||Bowler||Right Arm||31|
|Full Name||Rajasthan Royals|
|Homeground||Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Jaipur) and Barsapara Cricket Stadium (Guwahati)|
|Team Owners||Manoj Badale, RedBird Capital Partners, Lachlan Murdoch, Shane Warne|
|Prominent Players||Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult|
Captain - Sanju Samson
Vice Captain - N/A
Ambassador(S) - N/A
Logo - Two 'Rs' back to back with trumpeting lions on either side and Rajasthan Royals inscribed, all in gold against a blue background.
Jersey - Predominantly pink jersey with accents of blue.
Team Song - Halla Bol.
Major Rivals - Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Rajasthan Royals squad under the leadership of late Australian spinner Shane Warne was deemed as underdogs by the cricket experts. However, the Royals stunned everyone when they lifted the inaugural cup of IPL after eking out MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the final by three wickets. Australia’s Shane Watson (472) and Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir (22) were the team’s leading run-getter and wicket-taker, respectively. In fact, Tanvir won the first Purple Cap of the IPL.
Royals missed out on Sohail Tanvir’s services after Pakistan players were banned from participating in the IPL from the second season onwards. Shane Watson was ruled out of the season after suffering a mild groin strain during the T20I series against Pakistan just before IPL 2009. Royals suffered a 75-run loss in their first game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after they were skittled out for 58 in the second innings. They eventually finished sixth in the league stage with six wins and seven losses.
Yusuf Pathan set the record for the fastest century of the IPL in Royals’ first game of IPL 2010 against Mumbai Indians. While chasing a mammoth 213, Pathan smashed a 37-ball 100 before R Sathish ran him out. Pathan’s stupendous knock wasn’t sufficient as Royals fell 4 runs short of the target. The team had another dismal season with six wins and eight defeats to end seventh on the points table.
Shane Warne and Shane Watson were retained by the Royals ahead of the 2011 IPL mega auction. There were some notable signings by the franchise with Rahul Dravid being the most prominent one. Ross Taylor, Paul Collingwood, Shaun Tait, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Stuart Binny were the other players to join Royals in the fourth season. Royals once again finished sixth on the points table but this time it was in a 10-team tournament. Shane Warne bid adieu to the IPL at the end of the season.
Rajasthan Royals appointed Rahul Dravid as Warner’s successor and his opening partnership with Ajinka Rahane was one of the major talking point. The team didn’t saw any progress in their position in the points table under Dravid. They won seven out of 16 matches to finish seventh. With 560 runs in 16 innings at a strike rate of 129.33, Rahane ended the season as Royals’ leading run-score.
The team qualified for the playoffs for the first time since its title-winning campaign in 2008. RR lost to Mumbai in the Qualifier 2. However, the team campaign was rocked by the spot-fixing scandal as three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested. S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were the players sent behind the bars for their involvement in spot-fixing. This was also the last season for Rahul Dravid in the IPL.
Shane Watson took over the Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Dravid. Steve Smith was the top-signing made by the team to add batting flair at the top. Ahead of the final league stage game of the season, RR were comfortably sitting on the fourth position with 14 points. They had a better net-run-rate than Mumbai Indians, whom they played in the last game.
Royals posted 189/4 in the first innings to put themselves in the driver’s seat. Mumbai Indians scripted one of the most spectacular chases in the history of the IPL. Corey Anderson’s blistering 44-ball 95 helped them chase the target in just 14.4 overs as MI pipped RR on the table to qualify for the playoffs.
Royals won seven out of 14 matches and had two of their games abandoned due to weather conditions. Steve Smith captained in most of the games in 2015, with Shane Watson wanting to focus on his personal game. They finished fourth on the points table to play the Eliminator game in the playoffs. Virat Kohli’s RCB ended their campaign with a thumping 71-run win in the Eliminator. Royals were slapped with two years of suspension from the IPL over the 2013 betting scandal, where one of their owners (Raj Kundra) was found guilty.
The franchise returned back to the cash-rich league after serving a two-year ban along with Chennai Super Kings. Steven Smith was initially named the captain of Rajasthan Royals but was banned by the BCCI in the aftermath of the ball-tampering saga in Cape Town. Ajinkya Rahane was named replacement for the captaincy role. The Mumbaikar led Royals to a playoffs spot but they lost to KKR in the Eliminator round.
Smith returned to the Royals set-up to boost their batting order. Royals had a star-studded overseas unit with the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer present there. After losing six out of the first six games, Smith was reinstated in the captaincy role. Royals finished at the seventh place in the league stage with five wins and eight losses.
The Royals started with two massive wins over CSK and KXIP but four straight losses in a row shaked their momentum. The Steve Smith-led team managed to win only six games in the league stage and finished at the bottom of the points table (12 points).
Royals released Smith ahead of the auction in 2021 and wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson was named the new captain. Samson had a poor start to his IPL captaincy as Royals managed five wins in 14 games in IPL 2021 under his reign.
Jos Buttler’s astounding run with the bat - 863 runs in 17 matches - was instrumental in guiding the Royals to their second IPL final. Rajasthan finished in the second place on points table with nine victories and five defeats. They lost to the new team Gujarat Titans twice in the playoffs. Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal (27 wickets in 17 games) bagged the Orange and Purple caps respectively.
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CEO: Jake Lush McCrum
Team Manager: Romi Bhinder
Director of Cricket Operations and Head Coach: Kumar Sangakkara
Development and Performance Director: Zubin Bharucha
Assistant Coach: Trevor Penny
Fast Bowling Coach: Lasith Malinga
High Performance Fast Bowling Coach: Steffan Jones
Fielding Coach: Dishant Yagnik
Performance Specialist: AT Rajamani Prabhu
Rajasthan Royals haven’t roped in enough sponsors unlike the other IPL teams. The franchise have only four sponsors for the IPL 2023 season. BKT, Dollar and Jio are the principal sponsors of Rajasthan Royals, while McDowell’s No.1 is their another sponsor.
Most Runs: Ajinkya Rahane: 3098 runs
Most Centuries: Jos Buttler: 5
Most Fifties: Ajinkya Rahane: 21
Best Average: Jos Buttler: 46.08
Best Strike Rate: Kevon Cooper: 175.30
Most Ducks: Shane Warne and Stuart Binny (7)
Most Fours: Ajinkya Rahane: 329
Most Sixes: SanjuSamson: 136
Highest Score: Jos Buttler: 124
Most Runs In A Season: -
Most Wickets: Shane Watson: 67 wickets
Best Economy: Aaron Finch: 4.28
Best Bowling Figures: Sohail Tanvir - 4-14-6
Best Average: Lee Carseldine: 6.00
Most Runs Condeded In An Innings: Ankit Rajpoot (4-0-60-0)
Most 4 Wickets: Pravin Tambe, Kevon Cooper, Chris Morris (2 each)
Most 5 Wickets: James Faulkner (2)
Highest score: 226/6
Lowest score: 58/10
The official Instagram handle of RR has over 2.7 million followers, while their Twitter account has 2.6 million followers. On YouTube the official Rajasthan Royals account has over 636K subscribers. Rajasthan Royals' Facebook page is also very active with regular updates and uploads and more than 5 million followers. The social media platforms of Rajasthan Royals are well known for their humour and witty messages, which is something other franchises are yet to give it a try.
|Year||Captain||Result||Top Batsman||Runs||Top Bowler||Wickets||Win %|
|2022||Sanju Samson||2nd||Jos Buttler||863||Yuzvendra Chahal||27||58.82|
|2021||Sanju Samson||7th||Sanju Samson||484||Chris Morris||15||35.71%|
|2020||Steve Smith||8th||Sanju Samson||375||Jofra Archer||20||43%|
|2019||Ajinkya Rahane||7th||Ajinkya Rahane||393||Shreyas Gopal||20||36%|
|2018||Ajinkya Rahane||4th||Jos Butler||548||Jofra Archer||15||50%|
|2015||Shane Watson||4th||Ajinkya Rahane||540||Chris Morris||13||50%|
|2014||Shane Watson||5th||Ajinkya Rahane||339||Pravin Tambe||15||50%|
|2013||Rahul Dravid||3rd||Shane Watson||543||James Faulkner||28||62.50%|
|2012||Rahul Dravid||7th||Ajinkya Rahane||560||Brad Hogg||10||43.75%|
|2011||Shane Warne||6th||Rahul Dravid||343||Shane Warne||13||42.86%|
|2010||Shane Warne||7th||Naman Ojha||337||Shane Warne||11||42.86%|
|2009||Shane Warne||6th||Ravindra Jadeja||295||Munaf Patel||16||42.86%|
|2008||Shane Warne||1st||Shane Watson||472||Sohail Tanvir||22||78.57%|
The updated list of Rajasthan Royals Team 2023 can be viewed here.
After an extraordinary last season, Buttler will be on his track to score huge heaps of runs yet again. The wicketkeeper-batsman from England is a run-machine. Apart from his batting skills, Buttler has other services to offer. He is simply brilliant behind the wicket which is going to be a crucial asset to RR's disposal.
With his magical spin bowling, Chahal will be a big threat to the opposition batters. He has the ability to bowl at the death and stop the run flow, resulting in him getting quick wickets. Being the Purple Cap winner of last season, Chahal will be looking to pull his team all the way this time around and win their second IPL Trophy.
Sanju Samson was just a young talent when he got drafted to RR. But today he has risen to the position of the Rajasthan Royals captain. With his serious hitting abilities, he can cause some serious damage to the opposition. Additionally, he can make big scores as well which only adds to his batting prowess.
The Caribbean is known for hitting big shots and finishing the job for Rajasthan Royals. He can take down any bowler at his own will while also playing smartly and patiently. His capabilities as a batter will definitely be a worry for any opposition.
The left-arm fast bowler from New Zealand will be the heart of the Rajasthan Royals pace attack. His efficiency at both ends of the innings and along with the swing he gets during the opening overs, allows him to take bags of wickets.
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