Rajasthan’s Performance in Indian T20 League
Expected Playing XI
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Paddikal, Sanju Samson (C & Wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen
Players to watch out for
Jos Buttler – The Englishman had a great 2022 in which he even went on to lead the national side to a win in the T20 World Cup. While it would be too much to expect the opener to produce a season as prolific as the last one for Rajasthan, considering the kind of form he has been in, it’s not entirely impossible either for him to do that. Buttler will definitely remain the lynchpin of the Rajasthan batting.
Trent Boult – The New Zealand pacer’s decision to not accept a central contract from his country’s cricket board has turned him into a proper white ball mercenary now. That’s why he would know that there is much at stake for him in this season of Indian T20 League. A good performance would mean he would remain in the team’s scheme of things even beyond this season.
Yashasvi Jaiswal – The youngster has been around for a while now and has shown patches of his immense potential on multiple occasions but hasn’t gone on to own a season of the tournament. He has matured greatly in the past few years and has scored tons of runs leading up to the tournament. He would love to grab his chances in 2023 and make it a season that will be remembered for his pyrotechnics.
Rajasthan Team Schedule for Indian T20 league 2023
Squad Analysis of Rajasthan
The team had an incredible season in 2022 and they expectedly didn’t make major changes to the squad. However, they definitely strengthened their side by bringing in much better players than they released before the auction. The team, that had entered the auction with a limited budget, was ready to spend it all for Harry Brook but in hindsight, they wouldn’t mind, especially because of the options that they have managed to line up after the auction.
Strengths – The squad looks well-rounded and considering the amount of young Indian talent the top-order possesses, they wouldn’t need Jos Buttler to pull off another 863 run season. Sanju Samson in the middle order brings the much needed stability and with another prolific season, he can push his case strongly for a place in the national setup. Shimron Hetmyer and Riyan Parag will take care of finishing duties and even if the West Indian doesn’t come good, they have a similar big-hitter in Donovan Ferreira. Beyond these names, who make it to the XI automatically, they have a bunch of options in players like Joe Root, Jason Holder and Corbin Bosch.Even in bowling, while Obed McCoy is no Trent Boult yet, his performance last year showed that he can step up when the team needs him.
Weaknesses – Prasiddh Krishna had proved exceptional last year for the franchise and his injury would mean that someone like Kuldeep Sen would need to take that responsibility. While the pacer showed great speed last year, whether he has matured to take up a leadership role in the bowling department remains to be seen. Despite the composition of the pace attack, all eyes will be on the spin-duo of Ashwin and Chahal. That can also translate into over reliance on the duo and when both of them are unable to deliver a good spell, the team struggles a bit.
Rajasthan Team in Indian T20 League 2023
Rajasthan stunned everyone in 2008 when they went from rank outsiders to trophy winners in the inaugural season of the Indian T20 League under the talismanic skipper Shane Warne. In the following seasons, they couldn’t replicate the feat of the first season but became a fan favorite for being a team that kept punching above their weight with little-known names. After Warne, the captaincy went to Rahul Dravid and the team performed decently under him, even making it to the playoffs in 2013. They, however, couldn’t proceed further. The team was banned from the league for two years and returned to the league with a different approach. They bought big names at the auction and doled out big sums of money to acquire star players but success still eluded them.
Ahead of the mega-auctions of 2022, the management showed great faith in the young and talented Sanju Samson and he with Kumara Sangakkara went on to build a fantastic team for the 2022 season. Although Samson led well and received great contributions from his spin twins of Ashwin and Chahal, it was the batting of Jos Buttler that dominated the headlines and even took the team to the final of the tournament. In just 17 matches, the English white ball captain scored 863 runs with four centuries and four half-centuries. However, in their second final appearance, Rajasthan failed to get past Gujarat and ended as the runners-up. The result aside, the team still showed why they deserved to be in the final with a very successful campaign behind them. That would mean that they would start the 2023 season too as strong contenders.
They made some smart purchases on the auction table ahead of the 2023 season and brought in a bunch of dependable and exciting names. From West Indian Jason Holder to England’s Joe Root and even South Africa’s big-hitter Donovan Ferreira, all the purchases by Rajasthan could easily be match winners on their days and that makes the team a force to reckon with. However, the way he performed last year, the team will definitely miss the injured pacer Prasiddh Krishna in this season.
Rajasthan stats in Indian T20 League
- Jos Buttler’s record-breaking 2022 season, where he amassed 863 runs, made him the foreigner with the most runs in a season. Earlier, the record was held by David Warner who had made 848 runs for Hyderabad in 2016. The overall record is still held by Virat Kohli who made 963 runs in 2016 Indian T20 League.
- Yuzvendra Chahal won the purple cap last year for the team with 27 wickets from 17 matches.
- By scoring four centuries in the 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League, Jos Buttler equalled the record of Virat Kohli for most centuries in a season. In total, Buttler has 5 centuries in the league and all of them have come while turning up for Rajasthan.