The Rajasthan Royals (RR) is a team that has underperformed consistently over the years. They have managed to clinch the trophy only once. And their triumph is memorable because they won it way back in 2008, during the inaugural season of the IPL. Now, they are a strong team on paper, but they fail to execute their plans.
This is mainly because most of their star players go off the radar. If one player is in form, many guys are unable to cooperate with him. The Royals failed to cash in during tense situations. And this has been going on for quite some time now.
After the departure of Steve Smith, the captaincy is now handed over to Sanju Samson. The Kerala-born batsman can destroy any bowling attack on his day. Adding on, the likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Chris Morris will give him extra options to play with. But, as there are eleven spots available, few players might not get chances regularly.
Here are 3 RR players who might be benched for the most part of the season:
1. Manan Vohra
Manan Vohra had an impressive domestic stint during the 2012-2013 season. This enabled him to get an IPL contract from the KXIP franchise. During the first two seasons, he was a regular member of the playing eleven. This was mostly because of his impressive shot-making ability.
Vohra could generate shots out of nowhere, which means to put off good deliveries. However, during that time, he was inexperienced and this paved the way for his downfall. He got out by playing unnecessary rash shots and hence was criticised. But in 2017, he had a decent IPL season in which he scored a magnificent 95 against a quality SRH attack.
The main reason Vohra has failed to stamp his name as one of the domestic greats in IPL is because of a lack of trust from the captain’s side. Adding on, a run tally of 1012 in 49 matches is a decent effort. Vohra has a strike rate of 131.77, which is a healthy one in this format. But, with young and fresh faces in the RR squad, it is less likely that he will play for the Royals regularly.
2. Mayank Markande
Mayank Markande was successful in restricting the CSK batsman during the inaugural game of the 2018 IPL. He was so effective during his spell that even MS Dhoni looked clueless against him. But, unfortunately, for Mayank, he was unable to keep his place in the squad. Although he is a regular member in the domestic tournaments, he has failed in the IPL.
After an excellent debut against CSK, he took four wickets against SRH. During that season, Mayank was in sensational form. Later during his maiden Ranji season, he emerged as Punjab’s leading wicket-taker. Things were going as per his dreams until injuries hampered his career.
Adding on, the rise of Rahul Chahar made life difficult for Mayank. He was unable to retain his spot in the MI squad and soon he was released. Now, he is a part of RR. But the Royals’ management does not seem to have a deep interest in him. And they have opted for Rahul Tewatia, who provides more options with the bat and with the ball. Hence, Mayank might not get more chances this year too.
3. David Miller
Most of the fans were surprised when a batsman of David Miller’s caliber was unable to get a spot in the playing eleven of RR. During his time with the KXIP, he was one of their star batsmen. Miller can destroy any bowling attack on his day. And, unfortunately, he is not getting chances with RR.
Last year, it was difficult for any overseas player to get a spot in the playing eleven because of a top-class overseas combination of Rajasthan. Miller has played 80 IPL games. In his career, he has a strike rate of 138.78 which is a healthy one. And he was one of the core members of the Punjab squad.
But since Punjab has released him, things have not gone as per his wish. He warms the benches and contributes as a substitute fielder. Even though he is a regular member of the South African national side, it is difficult for him to get into the playing eleven of RR. This showcases the level of competition of a tournament like the IPL.
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