Rajasthan Royals, the winner for the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League, have been hungry ever since for another trophy. The team has come close to winning the competition but lacks one way or the other. This year, the team has tried to rope in some explosive batters into their roster to give their bowlers a greater edge. Earlier, the entire load to carry the batting was on Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler. However, this year, with the likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Joe Root joining the team, things are looking better for Rajasthan. Will they be able to replicate the magic of the first season?
Rajasthan Royals Squad for IPL 2023:
|Sanju Samson||Wicketkeeper (Captain)|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Off Spin/Bat|
|Murugan Ashwin||Leg Spin|
|KM Asif||Fast Bowler|
|Trent Boult||Fast Bowler (F)|
|Jos Buttler||Wicketkeeper (F)|
|KC Cariappa||Leg Spin|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Leg Spin|
|Donovan Ferreira||Batter/Wicketkeeper/Off Spin (F)|
|Shimron Hetmyer||Batter (F)|
|Jason Holder||Fast Bowler/Batter (F)|
|Obed McCoy||Fast Bowler (F)|
|Prasidh Krishna||Fast Bowler|
|Kunal Singh Rathore||Batter|
|Joe Root||Batter (F)|
|Navdeep Saini||Fast Bowler|
|Kuldeep Sen||Fast Bowler|
|Akash Vasisht||Batter/Slow Left Arm|
|Kuldip Yadav||Fast Bolwer|
|Adam Zampa||Leg Spin (F)|
F = Foreign Player
Strengths of Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2023:
Rajasthan have a very strong batting order. Their top 5 are Devdutt Paddikal, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Sanju Samson, and Shimron Hetmyer. If only two of these batsmen perform each game, Rajasthan could still put up an easy 170-180 on the board. Jos Buttler has been performing very well at the IPL over the last 4-5 years. No other batter has been able to match his level of consistency. Yashasvi Jaiswal is yet another amazing top-order option for the team who plays aggressively. Lower down the order, the team can rely upon Riyan Parag, and perhaps even Jason Holder to finish the inners in style for them.
Rajasthan’s spin corridor looks really strong too. The team has 4 terrific spinners in the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, and Murugan Ashwin. All these spinners have an enormous amount of experience backing them and are highly Cariapped. KC Also pitch in with his mystery spin bowling.
Weaknesses of Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2023:
Rajasthan lack quality and depth in terms of fast bowling. Even though the team has the services of Trent Boult, the other fast bowlers, be it Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, or Kuldeep Sen, lack consistency and can easily succumb to pressure. Prasiddh Krishna is yet to recover from injury and it seems he may not be able to participate throughout the season.
Another concern issue for the franchise is the absence of a quality all-rounder from the roster. The team has Jason Holder, but his batting can not be counted upon in the longer run. The team has an overall lack of all-rounders, and In such a scenario, it would be hard for them to find a balanced playing 11. Rajasthan are going to be in a fit while deciding what their best 11 could be.
Opportunities for Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2023:
Having won the first season, Rajasthan have not been able to duplicate the results ever since. This year could be their chance to continue the legacy that Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid left behind. The team has a unit of young fast bowlers. They would be keen to prove themselves and emerge as match winners.
Sanju Samson would also like to take this opportunity to present his contention for the World Cup Squad. He has been away from international action for a while and would be eager to get into it. India play a couple of more series before the World Cup and If Samson goes big this season, he can finally catch his big break.
Threats for Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2023:
Upon initial review, Rajasthan do not look balanced. The franchise will have to experiment in the first few games in order to find the perfect balance. But, by the time Rajasthan find their perfect balance, there’s a chance that it could be too late for their redemption. In recent years, the franchise has struggled with injury scares. This year, they would be praying nothing like that happens or it will just further their miseries.