Rajasthan Royals


Royal Multisport Pvt. Ltd
Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Paddy Upton
Steve Smith
Current Form

Rajasthan Royals has been a part of the IPL T20 tournament since its inauguration back in 2008. Rajasthan Royals were actually the first team to lift the IPL trophy, winning the opening season by 3 wickets against the Chennai Super Kings in the final. The Jaipur based cricket franchise has yet to experience another title winning season since 2008, which is incredible to think they haven’t won the IPL in over 10 years. When Rajasthan Royals, otherwise known as RR, started their 2008 season they were considered to be the weakest team out of the eight competing. However, they overcome all odds and became reigning champions. RR has not reached a final since 2008, in fact they have only reached the playoffs three times since 2008 falling short each time. It should be mentioned that Rajasthan Royals did not compete in 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons as they were suspended amid a spot-fixing case and illegal betting scandal.


The Rajasthan Royals team hasn’t always been considered the strongest team in the IPL, but they have always had some superstar players a part of their squad. With the likes of Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid and Australian legend Shane Warne being a part of the Rajasthan Royals setup in past years. In addition, they had signed another Australian in the shape and form of Shane Watson who proved to be a vital player for Royals, taking many wickets and scoring big runs. However, since Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the IPL in 2015, they have yet to make big strides forwards in re building the team and our constantly surrounding themselves around controversy. All be it the latest controversy in 2018 was not at fault of the RR but of one of their players, Steve Smith, actions outside of the IPL. It is of no wonder the Rajasthan Royals team has been dubbed the “moneyball” team of the IPL, as to uncover some truly amazing talent, with Ajinkya Rahane being a prime example, but also their involvement in numerous scandals.


The Rajasthan Royals Roster for the upcoming IPL 2020 season has probably started off in the worst way possible. Their most prolific run-scorer and team ambassador is looking liking to making a switch to another team. Who am I talking about you ask, well its none other than the Rajasthan opener Ajinkya Rahane. This was previously rumoured at the beginning of the IPL 2019 season but since the close of last seasons things have seemed to progress forward. Nevertheless there is still a lot of things to iron out between the two sides but don’t be surprised if this does go through.

Ajinkya Rahane

Aryaman Birla

Ashton Turner

Ben Stokes

Dhawal Kulkarni

Ish Sodhi

Jaydev Unadkat

Jofra Archer

Jos Buttler

Krishnappa Gowtham

Liam Livingstone

Mahipal Lomror

Manan Vohra

Oshane Thomas

Prashant Chopra

Rahul Tripathi

Riyan Parag

Sanju Samson

Shashank Singh

Shreyas Gopal

Shubham Ranjane

Steve Smith

Stuart Binny

Sudhesan Midhun

Varun Aaron 


Rajasthan Royals team 2019 had retained 16 players from their previous campaign but had also released 9. Steve Smith made his comeback to the IPL with the Rajasthan Royals but was to no start the season as captain with the years previous captain Ajinkya Rahane favoured. However, this did not last-long and Steve Smith was made captain after a poor string of results in the early stages of the group stages. But, despite a change in captaincy, Rajasthan Royals endured a tireless IPL 2019 season only winning five of their 14 matches played. They ended up finishing 7th in the tournament and had a big cause for concern, as the manner of the majority of the defeats that were inflicted upon them weren’t close competition at all. It can sometimes be silver lining of sorts when you reflect at your defeats and see that it was the small margins that cost your team the win. But, Rajasthan Royal the majority of the time couldn’t find their rhythm when bowling or any kind of prowess when batting. Even when one side of their game clicked, for example Rahane scoring a superb 105* innings against Delhi Capitals, was left to have his hands in his face as the team failed to protect their score and DC ran out winners with four balls and 6 wickets to spare. For the upcoming IPL 202 season Rajasthan Royals are going to have to make some drastic changes if they want to lift the IPL trophy again.


The Rajasthan Royals team 2018 was the return of the Jaipur based team in the IPL, after they had finishing serving their two-year ban. The IPL 2018 season was a big one not only for the RR team but the whole Rajasthan Royals franchise, it would be a season of rebuilding and proving the Royals were still a competitor in the IPL. Before the 2018 season even began, Rajasthan Royal found themselves already surrounded by a scandal, all be it not through their own fault. Having retained and announced a new captain in the shape and

form of Steve Smith for ₹12 crore, Smith then found himself at the centre of ball tampering scandal when playing for Australian in South Africa. Subsequently, Smith stepped down as the Rajasthan Royals captain and then banned from 2018 season all together. Nevertheless, Rajasthan Royals entered the 2018 IPL season highly motivated to succeed. Rajasthan Royals experienced some good moments during the group stages, like English batsmen Jos Butler blast 50 runs off just 18 balls, scoring the fifth fastest fifty in the history of the IPL. Rajasthan Royals scrapped through to the playoffs finishing in fourth. Despite qualifying for the playoffs for their fourth time they lost their first match and were eliminated at the hands of KKR who won by 25 runs at the infamous Eden Gardens.


The Rajasthan Royals owner Emerging Media bought the Jaipur franchise for $67million in 2008, this was also the lowest price any owner paid for one of the eight founding franchises. Emerging Media was actually a company made up of many investors who wanted to be a part of the IPL. The investors were Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch (Rupert Murdoch’s son), Suresh Chellara and many more. The Rajasthan Royals owners has to be one the most confusing setups out of all the IPL teams, it is natural for there to me multiple investors but when the BCCI does some searching, and they find two shareholders uncounted for, flags are raised. One investor, Raj Kundra invested in the franchise through an offshore company in 2009 and this led to him being questioned about the legality of this by the Indian Government. Raj was again questioned in 2013 when a few Rajasthan Royals players were arrested on allegations of an IPL spot fixing scandal which also involved CSK. Raj Kundra admitted to placing bets on his team which against the law, even though he lost he was subsequently banned for life on any cricket related activity from the Supreme Court of India.


Rajasthan Royals best players have performed time and time, but cricket is overall a team sport. This has been of the many pitfalls of the Rajasthan Royals as they have had great batsmen like their former captain and opening batsmen Ajinkya Rahane play his best cricket but the bowling unit let his efforts go to waste.


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