Rajasthan Royals

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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.

2008

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.

2009

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.

2010

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.

2011

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.

2012

Rajasthan Royals finished in seventh place among the point table in season 5 of IPL winning only seven matches out of sixteen.

2013

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.

2014

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.

2018

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 .

2019

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

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