Rajasthan Royals have been the dark horse of the tournament this season. No one would have expected them to land into the top 4 with the kind of cricket they played in the initial stages of the tournament. Rajasthan Royals have successfully managed to get back the crowd’s support by putting up stellar performances in later stages of the game in the process of making it to the playoffs.
Both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals came back after facing a ban of 2 years following their involvement in the match-fixing activities and both managed to make it to playoffs. Rajasthan Royals will be taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders in tonight’s Eliminator at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Still, Rajasthan Royals have to make few quick decisions regarding issues that require immediate resolve.
let’s have a look at the SWOT analysis of the Rajasthan Royals before they take on the Knight Riders
Rahane may not have been terrific as a batsman, but his captaincy has proved beneficial for the Royals. His calm and composed nature has helped the team on many occasions. He gave youngsters like Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham tremendous opportunities to prove their worth. As an all-rounder, Gowtham seemed to have been the find of the season for RR.
Gowtham’s pinch-hitting abilities with a mammoth strike of 205.26 have been very handy in the death overs against some of the best bowling attacks of the tournament.
But one player who seemed to have impressed the most would be the West Indian Jofra Archer. He has a gem of a player for RR with his bowling. Archer has shouldered the responsibility of the entire bowling attack throughout the tournament and gave breakthrough when needed.
The batting has been a major concern for RR. The skipper hasn’t been able to chip in throughout the season. Sanju Samson has been pretty decent with the bat. Rahul Tripathi’s knock of 80 of 58 balls helped them against RCB, but he hasn’t quite contributed on a consistent level.
Even overseas player D’Arcy Short and Henrich Klaasen couldn’t get them to startling performances in the powerplay overs. Ben Stokes who was the costliest overseas bargain of the season also proved to be a flop show with the bat. Also, Ben Laughlin, Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni have been pretty dismal throughout. They have leaked runs at regular intervals and failed to sustain the opposition to low totals.
Being the underdogs at the start of the tournament and making it to the playoffs, RR has managed to gain the crowd’s support in the process. With the kind of cricket they have been playing, it won’t be surprising if they manage to get their hands on IPL trophy this season.
WIth Buttler and Stokes now missing the game, all eyes would be on young Sanju Samson and experienced Rahane to anchor the innings and steer RR to a victory. Even Henrich Klassen who came in as a replacement for Buttler was pretty decent in his performance.
Rahul Tripathi now opening up the innings will look to step into Buttler’s shoes and get RR to massive victory in the do or die match. Jofra Archer, who went wicketless in the previous 2 games will eye for a comeback in tonight’s battle. All in all, RR will have to seize on the opportunities put up in front of them and maximize their chance of a win in a must-win game against KKR.
The Rajasthan based franchise heavily relied on the services offered by Jos Buttler specifically in the later stages of the tournament. Ben Stokes might not have been stellar with the bat this season, but he enjoyed few successes with the ball throughout. With the England duo not being a part of the Rajasthan squad, the team will have to seriously devise some strategies to fill in the void created by them.
They haven’t been consistent with the bat and were seen changing the batting combination on numerous occasions. Rajasthan Royals are still in search of the opening players who can get them off to flying totals in the powerplay overs.
Hopefully, they get these boxes under check before they take on the mighty Knight Riders in today’s game.