Rajasthan Royals
Champs are back!!

IPL XI is back with a bang. Good news for IPL fans. After a long rest period, the Lions I mean The Rajasthan Royals are back to the jungle. Yes, you heard it right. We are talking about the first IPL champions The Rajasthan Royals.

After a long gap, Rajasthan Royals are back in IPL XI. In 2015, Rajasthan Royals along with Chennai Super Kings were banned for 2 years after the match-fixing scandal. But this year they are back again for 'Halla Bol' under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane. Beware, teams, the champions are back.

The total purchase of the team has been of 67.5 crores with England all-rounder Ben Stokes is the costliest player of IPL 2018 with a worth of 12.5 crores.

This year Rajasthan Royals has spent 65.2 crores to buy 22 players in the IPL auction.

Rajasthan Royals
Final squad

Here is the complete list of players that are part of the team Rajasthan Royals this year:

  • Steve Smith
  • Benjamin Stokes
  • Jaydev Unadkat
  • Sanju Samson
  • Jofra Archer.
  • Krishnappa Gowtham
  • Jos Buttler
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Darcy Short
  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Dhawal Kulkarni
  • Zahir Khan Pakteen
  • Ben Laughlin
  • Stuart Binny
  • Dushmantha Chameera
  • Anureet Singh
  • Aryaman Vikram Birla
  • Midhun S
  • Shreyas Gopal
  • Prashant Chopra
  • Jatin Saxena
  • Ankit Sharma
  • Mahipal Lomror

Though Rajasthan Royals includes a great lineup of chiseled players, it went through a shock as one of the star player Steve Smith has been banned for this season. But the vacuum would be filled to some extent by the presence of Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Jaydev Unadkat and Jos Butler.

The team will play its first match on 9th April against Sunrisers Hyderabad. It would be interesting to see the comeback of the lions after a gap.

Rajasthan Royals
Team members

Let us take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of Rajasthan Royals team:

Strength - The mixed punch of great batting and bowling lineup can help the team to take a leap in this all season. Inform batsman, Ajinkya Rahane, and Jos Butler would be a great source of runs for the team. On the other hand, bowlers like Jaydev Unadkat and Stuart Binny could become the pacemakers for the wickets. Also, the presence of an all-rounder like Ben Stokes will act as a catalyst in improving the overall performance of the team.

Weakness - The absence of skipper like Steve Smith could be a hurdle in the growth of the team. Also, the presence of a number of debutants in the team can be a speed breaker. Based on the analysis, the chances of the team winning this IPL season are 75%.

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