The team which is making their comeback after two years has already lost their captain Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane has taken over the captaincy.
Here are the three reasons why Royals can clinch the title
1. Smith’s absence, a blessing in disguise
Yes, you read it right!
Steve Smith is one of the best players, and he did take his team, now defunct Rising Pune Supergiants to the final in the last year’s IPL, but ask me if he is a fine T20I player, I would say a no. Yes, he is consistent, but strike rate is just above 125, which isn’t that great compared to the hard-hitters available in the team.
If no Smith, Royals will have that freedom to go with Stokes, Short, Buttler, Archer or anyone else. Every one knows Buttler’s and Stokes’ hard-hitting ability. Short and Archer were exceptional in the recently concluded Big Bash League. With so many other options available. It is a blessing in disguise.
2. Shane Warne is back
In 2008, the inaugural IPL saw the weakest team on paper- The Royals went on to win the title. The man behind the inspirational run for the team was their captain Shane Warne.
He is back as the coach and mentor of the team. His influence will act as that push which the players need.
3. Young talents
Rajasthan Royals has always promoted new talents than any other franchise. Every single season, Royals have had unknown uncapped stars who made it big.
Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson, Naman Ojha made heads turn through their IPL performances.
With new talents on the box, the team looks fantastic.
Players to watch out for:
Royals went into the auction with a clear-cut mindset of picking the in-form players. They bagged the big bash stars- Archer, Laughlin and Short. Rahul Tewaria is another interesting pick.