The Rajasthan Royals had a great campaign in IPL 2022. The team managed to play in the finals and did exceptionally well throughout. At times, the batting looked a little mediocre but their bowling was always top-notch. The Rajasthan Royals’ team was however not very dependent on all-rounders. Every player in the Rajasthan squad had a well-defined role. The only all-rounder who consistently played was Riyan Parag and he has been heavily criticized for his poor performance. So, going into the next season, which are the all-rounders that the Rajasthan Royals can target? Who are the ones on which the RR management has an eye? Here is an in-depth look:
Ben Stokes might play for the Rajasthan Royals Next Season:
Sir Benjamin Stokes might be coming to the IPL next season. If he decides to put his name in the auction pool and remains fit, he is bound to get a lot of money. Ben Stokes is a true 3-D player. He justifies the 3-D tag. The only concern will be Ben’s availability in the later stages of the league as the Ashes will be held in England next year and Ben will be captaining the England red-ball team. Here is a look at Ben’s stats in the IPL:
|Batting Strike Rate||134.5|
If Ben Stokes does put his name in the auction pool, there is a high possibility that he might be picked by the Rajasthan Royals because he has previously played for the franchise. Rajasthan can liquidate a few players such as James Neesham, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell, and Rassie Van Der Dussen to get the budget required to bag Ben Stokes.
The fact of the matter is that Ben will effectively fill the void of all the above-mentioned players. Stokes is a big-match player. He has great performances against teams like the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings. Ben assures you of 2 to 3 good overs of pace and can be floated anywhere in the batting order.
Mahipal Lomror is a local boy who Rajasthan will like to have. Mahipal was previously associated with the Rajasthan Royals squad for 3 to 4 years. He is a part of their scouting program. Mahipal bats left-handed and that gives him an added edge while the selection process takes place. Here is a look at his performance in the IPL:
|Batting Strike Rate||138.7|
In the last two seasons, Mahipal has come to the limelight due to at least one of his innings. This shows that the lad from Rajasthan has potential. He is a more reliable commodity than Riyan Parag. For the past two seasons, Rajasthan Royals have backed Riyan Parag but that move hasn’t paid off. He was chosen ahead of the likes of Mayank Markande and Shreyas Gopal but has always failed to make the most of the opportunity.
Mahipal on the other hand can give you 2 to 3 overs of leg-spin whenever required. His bowling is very underrated as the teams haven’t used him effectively. Being a local boy, he will enjoy the support from his fans too. He can be used as a finisher or as a person who can anchor the innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin will play for the Rajasthan Royals in TATA IPL 2023:
Ravichandran Ashwin is very underrated with the bat. It is only the Rajasthan Royals who decided to use his batting abilities to their full potential. Ashwin has 5 Test Hundreds and that says a lot about his ability with the willow in hand. The Rajasthan Royals dared to give him a few opportunities at number 4 and number 3 and this move worked very well in one of the games. Here is a look at his stats in T20s:
|Bowling Strike Rate||22.2|
His bowling is never in question. He at a time was the most successful Indian T20I bowler. Ashwin has a set of variations. Earlier, a few cricket analysts were very critical about his variations but the game has been progressing, and trying something unorthodox is always welcome.
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