Top 5 Players Rajasthan Royals (RR) should target in IPL 2022 Mega Auction: The fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) passed with yet another disappointment for the inaugural champions of the IPL. Rajasthan Royals (RR) had a terrible outing with the resources they had and were clueless about their performances during the entire season.
The franchise finished penultimate in the points table just above the last-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) with five wins from 14 matches. The players looked shadows of themselves during the whole season mounting on their woes.
Skipper Sanju Samson was the solitary performer for the team and did outstanding work with the willow in hand. Quite expectedly, Rajasthan Royals (RR) retained their skipper Sanju Samson along with young opener batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal and overseas wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler for the next season of the league.
The franchise has released all of their squad barring the three aforementioned cricketers. Now in the coming mega auction, Rajasthan Royals (RR) will have to be active and spend their money wisely on the deserving players.
In this article, we will take you through the top 5 players Rajasthan Royals (RR) can target in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. The list down below includes a few players from their previous squad while a few have been picked from the pool of released players.
Top 5 Players Rajasthan Royals (RR) should target in IPL 2022 Mega Auction:
The Royals found an emerging talent in Chetan Sakariya during the recently wrapped edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Chetan Sakariya was perhaps the sole bright spot for Rajasthan Royals barring the likes of Sanju Samson. He stood out from the other players and delivered everything above anyone’s expectations.
The young Indian pacer featured in all 14 matches of the IPL 2021, picking as many wickets with a decent economy of 8.19. Sakariya is young and is someone who can be looked after and prepare for the future.
The speedster bowled some of the toughest overs of the innings and was quite brilliant with his deliveries. He used his strength, slower ball, to its full potential and fetched healthy wickets.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) might not find him worthy enough to get retained, however, he certainly deserves to be bought back from the auction table and represent RR once again.
The spin department in the Rajasthan Royals (RR) hasn’t been the best lately. The franchise has struggled to fetch wickets with their spin bowling options, but this is the right time to make amends to it.
Former Delhi Capitals (DC) spinner R Ashwin is a good choice for the spinner. The seasoned campaigner has made a comeback in India’s T20I side. His vast experience in the format and clever bowling approach does all the trick to deceive the batsman.
Moreover, the economy rate of Ashwin in the IPL (6.91) has remained his USP. He can bowl in powerplays and can also deliver a few overs in the death which makes him one of the most likely spinners to bag a good contract from the IPL franchises in 2022.
The Royals management can also use Ashwin to guide Sanju Samson in the leadership roles. His broad and dynamic experience will only bring value to the team.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) will try to acquire a few of the world’s finest T20 batters during the upcoming IPL 2022 Mega Auction. For the longest time, the franchise has suffered from its poor opening stand.
Former Mumbai Indians cricketer Chris Lynn can be a good option to go to. Lynn is a dangerous opener with good muscle strength to manipulate the field with his sheer power hitting in the powerplays.
Though RR has retained two of their openers in Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler, Chris Lynn can be used as their substitute in the IPL. The Aussie cricketer can also be utilised in the middle order which will reduce the excessive responsibility from skipper Sanju Samson’s shoulders.
Lynn played with an explosive strike rate of over 140 after featuring in more than 200 matches. He can be a real match-winner if given the right opportunity.
As mentioned earlier, Rajasthan Royals (RR) conventionally had a weak middle order, which largely was dependant on skipper Sanju Samson. The franchise will be well aware of the loophole and will be all set to overcome that.
South African batsman Aiden Markram can be the guy who can be used in the middle order to glue the team after the fall of early wickets.
Markram has been in splendid form lately for South Africa and for his IPL franchise Punjab Kings. The cricketer scored 146 runs in 6 matches at a decent average of 29.20.
The contributions of the cricketer were more than just numbers. He did all good things to hold onto the wicket and keep the scoreboard running during the crunch situations.
Perhaps, Aiden Markram could be the guy who might turn to be one of the costliest picks in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) have over-relied on their overseas players during all the past years. The likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer used to form the core of the team, however, that needs to be replaced in order to cement a good foundation for the team.
With Indian core, a franchise can save its overseas option which can be later used to rotate the players and fill the voids.
Dube, though, couldn’t make most of his recent IPL season, however, his blitz innings of unbeaten 64 to upset the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ensured Dube to remain in the race of the quality all-rounders.
Shivam Dube can contribute with the ball as well and can pick a couple of breakthroughs during the middle overs of the innings.