Rajasthan Royals is a franchise cricket team based in Jaipur, Rajasthan that plays in IPL. It was Founded in 2008. Team won the inaugural edition of the IPL under captaincy of Shane Warne. The Royals were also the runners-up of the 2013 Champions League T-20 under Rahul Dravid captaincy.
Rajasthan Royals Owner
The franchise is currently owned and chaired by Manoj Badale . Other investors include Lachlan Murdoch , Aditya S Chellaram, and Suresh Chellaram. The Group acquired the franchise for $67 million.
Raj Kundra was one of owners till fixing saga and after that Court banned Kundra for life.
Rajasthan Royals Home ground
Sawai Mansingh Stadium is home ground for this franchise. It is situated at one corner of the Rambagh Circle. The stadium capacity is 30,000.
Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati will host couple of matches in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The tournament is scheduled to get underway on March 29.
Rajasthan Royals Anthem
In the first IPL season, Anthem song was ‘Halla Bol’ sung by Ila Arun .In the second season, it was sung by Sunidhi Chauhan .
Their current anthem, released in 2018, is ‘Phir Halla Bol’.
Rajasthan Royals Jersey
Team Jersey is of Pink Colour with Blue colour on left shoulders along with Pink trousers.
Rajasthan Royals history
Rajasthan Royals were one of the original eight teams in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008. The team was sold to the Emerging Media for $67 million, making it the least expensive team in the league.
Team won DLF Indian Premier League trophy along with a cheque for US$1.2 million prize money in 2008. Shane Watson won the man of the tournament award for scoring as many as 472 runs and picking 17 wickets. Sohail Tanvir finished the tournament in possession of the Purple Cap.
Yusuf Pathan claimed the Man of the Match award for the final match performance against Chennai super kings.
Sohail Tanvir was ineligible to play for the team due to the ban imposed by the BCCI on Pakistani players playing in the competition. Shane Watson was unavailable for the whole season as Australia toured to UAE for the ODI series against Pakistan .
Rajasthan Royals ended 6th out of the 8 teams in the competition, winning 6 matches out of the 14 they played. The Royals failed to make it to the semi-finals after losing their last two matches against Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Once again, Rajasthan Royals ended the tournament miserably with losses to Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore at home and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last round-robin game in Kolkata. Consequently, they failed to make it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
They finished 7th out of the 8 teams in the competition, winning 6 games out of 14 played.
The Rajasthan Royals, and the Kings XI Punjab were temporarily ejected from the league due to issues with their unreported ownership changes. The teams were reinstated with involvement from the High Court. Their owners were broken into several legal entities when the
The team management decided to retain the Australian duo of Shane Warne and Shane Watson for the following three seasons of the IPL, although Warne’s future continued to be uncertain. Yet, he decided to make this his final season for the Rajasthan Royals on the insistence of the team owners who felt that he was the ultimate source of inspiration for the team on and off the field.
Although this time they ended their round-robin matches well with a win against the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai and in the process, giving Shane Warne a fitting farewell, Rajasthan were dismissed from the competition since they ended at the 6th position out of the 10 teams in the tournament, having again won 6 out of their 14 matches played, with one being a no result.
Rajasthan Royals finished in seventh place among the point table in season 5 of IPL winning only seven matches out of sixteen.
Rajasthan Royals qualified for the playoff stage by finishing third in the group stage, thus grabbing a spot in Champions League 2013. They won against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator but lost to Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier, which led to their exit from the tournament.Shane Watson was declared the Man of the tournament.
On 16 May 2013, three Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth , Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested from Mumbai by Delhi Police along with eleven bookies on charges of spot-fixing in the tournament. The fixing happened in the matches against Pune Warriors on 5 May, Kings XI Punjab on 9 May and Mumbai Indians on 15 May.Later BCCI suspended the three players.
Rajasthan Royals retained five players – Sanju Samson , Ajinkya Rahane , Shane Watson , James Faulkner and Stuart Binny – for the seventh season of the IPL. Rajasthan Royals scored 65 runs off the last 17 balls at a strike rate of 382.35 to win the match against RCB. Shane Watson lead the side and Rahul Dravid played the role of a mentor.
In 2018, the Rajasthan Royals made a comeback to IPL after two years of suspension. Prior to the 2018 IPL auction, the Royals retained Steve Smith for ₹120 million (US$1.7 million) announcing him as captain for 2018 season.Following the ball tampering controversy in March 2018, Smith stepped down as Royals captain with Ajinkya Rahane appointed. Smith was subsequently banned from playing in the 2018 IPL season.Following Steve Smith’s ban Heinrich Klaasen was announced as replacement.
On 2 May 2018, in a match against the Delhi Daredevils , Jos Buttler scored the fastest ever 50 for Rajasthan Royals, off just 18 balls. This was also the fifth-fastest in IPL history. However, RR lost the match by four runs after failing to make the revised target of 151 from 12 overs due to rain. Buttler also equaled Virender Sehwag ’s record for most consecutive fifties in the IPL, with 5 consecutive fifties.
The Royals managed to secure fourth place in the regular season, with 14 points. However, they crashed out of the playoffs in the eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders, losing by 25 runs in Eden Gardens .
Ahead of 2019 IPL Auction, Royals retained 16 players and released 9 players. During the auction, royals bought 9 players.
Paddy Upton was named the Royals coach ahead of 2019 Indian Premier League . Steve Smith made a comeback to IPL on 25 March 2019 after he was banned by BCCI to participate in the 2018 season due to Australian ball-tampering controversy . Ajinkya Rahane retained his captaincy at the start of the season, however, on 20 April 2019 Smith returned to the captaincy of the Royals after poor results.
Rajasthan Royals Squad 2020
Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Anuj Rawat