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Indian T20 League: Rajasthan Team

Few teams have been hit by injuries and Covid-bubble fatigue like Rajasthan have. They lost Jofra Archer to an elbow injury before the season began, and now Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have pulled out due to personal reasons. But few teams have been as adept as Rajasthan at bucking the odds in the history of the Indian T20 League.

Surprise winners of the inaugural Indian T20 League in 2008, Rajasthan have reached the play-offs on three other occasions. After two poor seasons, including finishing rock-bottom for the first time in 2020, they are once again handily placed to challenge the more fancied teams.

To improve on their 5th position at the halfway stage of the league, they will really need their replacements to step up. Oshane Thomas and Tabraiz Shamsi offer plenty of wicket-taking potential, while they will hope that Evin Lewis can replicate Buttler’s big hitting at the top of the order.

With their assortment of coaches reporting to Kumar Sangakkara, Rajasthan are one of those franchises set up to make the most of their resources. But given the relative lack of depth in the squad, they will need the big names to carry them.

Sanju Samson has to find the consistency that has eluded him thus far, while both Mustafizur Rahman and Jaydev Unadkat could do with finding their bowling form of half a decade ago. We haven’t seen the best of David Miller in recent seasons either.

What we can expect from Rajasthan is opportunities for young, upcoming talent. There are high hopes for Yashasvi Jasiwal, Riyan Parag and Chetan Sakariya, while Manan Vohra gets a chance to rebuild a career that has tailed off after a bright start with Punjab.

Rajasthan last reached the play-offs in 2018 and will likely need to win at least four of their remaining games to get there again. The absence of their English stars makes them outsiders. But that’s often when they produce their best cricket.

Team Rajasthan Origin

Founded in 2008, the Rajasthan team was banned for two seasons (2016-17) because of a previous co-owner’s involvement in a corruption scandal. Though they’ve played home games at other venues like Ahmedabad, their home ground for the most part has been the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, which is something of a fortress given how often they’ve dominated their opponents there.

Team Rajasthan Owners

The Rajasthan franchise is co-owned by Emerging Media, Lachlan Murdoch and Redbird Capital Partners. It’s the team with the lowest valuation in the Indian T20 League, if you go by the figures released earlier this year.

Sanju Samson: Rajasthan Team Captain

A regular in the Rajasthan ranks since he was 18, there has never been any doubt about Samson’s talent. His struggle has been to match that with consistent performances. Only once, in 2018, has he crossed 400 runs in a season. But as a century on his captaincy debut this season showed, the responsibility of being a leader might just spur him to greater heights.

    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Highest Score
    • Average
    • Strike Rate
    • 50
    • 100
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • 92
    • 2376
    • 119 vs Punjab (2021)
    • 56.33
    • 139.5
    • 21
    • 1
    • 200
    • 96

Rajasthan Match Schedule 2021

Rajasthan will play seven matches in the second half of the Indian T20 League 2021. Dubai hosts three of their matches, while two each will be played in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. With the exception of one afternoon start (3:30 PM IST) against Delhi, all their matches will be at prime time (7:30 PM IST).

Rajasthan Squad: Players Bought in Auction 2021

Rajasthan said farewell to 8 players before the Indian T20 League auction in 2021, and they ended up buying the same number of players. The biggest headline was reserved for the record price of ₹16.25 crores that they paid for Chris Morris. Both he and Mustafizur – a ₹1 crore signing – will be key to their hopes of progress.

    • Chris Morris: ₹ 16.25 crore
    • Shivam Dube: ₹ 4.4 crore
    • Chetan Sakariya: ₹ 1.2 crore
    • Mustafizur Rahman: ₹ 1 crore

Team Rajasthan Top Players for Indian T20 League 2021

Rajasthan Team Record in Indian T20 League

The first winners of the Indian T20 League back in 2008, Rajasthan have made the play-offs just three times since.

    • Champions (1)
    • 2008
    • Play-offs
    • 2013, 2015, 2018

Team Rajasthan Top Players (2008 - 2021)

Current Top Batters

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Highest Score
    • 50s
    • 100s
      • Sanju Samson
    • 92
    • 2376
    • 119 vs Hyderabad (2021)
    • 13
    • 2
      • Rahul Tewatia
    • 25
    • 357
    • 53 vs Punjab (2020)
    • 1
    • 0
      • Riyan Parag
    • 26
    • 324
    • 50 vs Delhi (2019)
    • 1
    • 0

Current Top All-rounder

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Runs
    • Wickets
      • Chris Morris
    • 18
    • 124
    • 27

Current Top Bowlers

    • Player
    • Matches
    • Wickets
    • Best Figures
      • Shreyas Gopal
    • 41
    • 41
    • 4/16 vs Bangalore (2018)
      • Jaydev Unadkat
    • 37
    • 29
    • 3/15 vs Delhi (2021)
      • Rahul Tewatia
    • 25
    • 15
    • 3/25 vs Kolkata (2020)

Team Rajasthan: Man of the Match Awards in 2021

    • Sanju Samson vs Punjab for 119 off 63 balls. Punjab won by 4 runs.
    • Jaydev Unadkat vs Delhi for a spell of 3 for 15 and 11* off 7 balls. Rajasthan won by 3 wickets.
    • Chris Morris vs Kolkata for a spell of 4 for 23. Rajasthan won by 6 wickets.
    • Jos Buttler vs Hyderabad for 124 off 64 balls. Rajasthan won by 55 runs.

Team Rajasthan: Overall Statistics

  • Matches Played - 171
  • Matches Won - 84
  • Matches Lost - 82
  • Highest Total - 226/6 vs Punjab (2020)
  • Lowest Total - 58 vs Bangalore (2009)
  • Most Runs Scored - Ajinkya Rahane, 3098 in 106 matches
  • Most Wickets Taken - Shane Watson, 67 in 76 innings
  • Highest Individual Score - Jos Buttler, 124 vs Hyderabad (2021)
  • Best Bowling Figures - Sohail Tanvir, 6/14 vs Chennai (2008)

Overall Record against Other Teams

    • Opponents
    • Matches
    • Won
    • Lost
    • NR
      • Chennai
    • 24
    • 9
    • 15
    • 0
      • Bangalore
    • 24
    • 10
    • 11
    • 3
      • Delhi
    • 23
    • 12
    • 11
    • 0
      • Kolkata
    • 24
    • 11
    • 12
    • 1
      • Mumbai
    • 24
    • 11
    • 12
    • 1
      • Punjab
    • 22
    • 12
    • 10
    • 0
      • Hyderabad
    • 14
    • 7
    • 7
    • 0

Rajasthan Team Facts

After that remarkable success under Shane Warne’s captaincy in the first season, Rajasthan have found consistency hard to come by. Here are some interesting facts about the team:

  • Since winning 13 matches in 2008, only in 2013 (11 wins) have Rajasthan won more than half their matches.
  • Though they have a losing record in the UAE (9-10), Rajasthan have won 6 of their 8 games in Abu Dhabi.
  • Rajasthan and Delhi are the only two current Indian T20 League franchises whose batsmen have never won the Orange Cap.

Indian Fantasy Cricket League 2021 (How to Play)

With several of their marquee players missing the second leg, Rajasthan could struggle to get to the play-offs. So much depends on how well their replacement players adapt. The stats provided here will help you identify Rajasthan team players who could be expected to get you the highest fantasy points in the upcoming matches.

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Teams Participating in the Indian T20 League 2021

FAQs: Team Rajasthan

Have Rajasthan ever topped the Indian T20 League table?

They did back in 2008, when they won 11 of their 14 games. They went on to beat Chennai in the final.

Will Rajasthan miss playing in Jaipur?

Yes. With 37 wins from their 52 matches there, Rajasthan made the Sawai Mansingh Stadium an intimidating venue for visiting teams.

Has anyone won the Orange Cap for Rajasthan?

No. Samson (277 runs) is fifth in this year’s run charts, 103 runs behind Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently the Orange Cap holder.

Who has won the Purple Cap for Rajasthan?

Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir won it playing for Rajasthan in the first season in 2008 for taking 22 wickets in 11 matches.

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