Rajasthan Royals IPL 2019 Team Preview

Head coach: Paddy Upton

Captain: Ajinkya Rahane

Previous finishes

2018: 4th
2017: N/A
2016: N/A
2015: 4th
2014: 5th
2013: 3rd
2012: 7th
2011: 6th
2010: 7th
2009: 6th
2008: Winners

2019 Roster

Local players: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Shubham Ranjane, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag

Overseas players: Steve Smith (AUS), Ish Sodhi (NZ), Oshane Thomas (WI), Ashton Turner (AUS), Ben Stokes (ENG), Jos Buttler (ENG), Jofra Archer (ENG), Liam Livingstone (ENG)

Newcomers: Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag

What’s new at Rajasthan Royals coming into IPL 2019?

The Royals came fourth last year but they were far from happy with their performance with the general feeling being that they underperformed. They were without Steve Smith and they had a troubled Ben Stokes in their ranks, but both are available to play here and have overcome their off-the-field issues. They will almost be like new signings to the Royals and they will be led by Head Coach Paddy Upton who returns to the club.

Who are the key players for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019?

He was their star man with the bat last year and Jos Buttler figures to be a key player for them yet again before he leaves on international duty with England. He was their leading runscorer comfortably last year despite being unavailable for a couple of matches and they will hope he can make a major impact before departing once again.

Ajinkya Rahane was their third highest runscorer last year with 370 runs at an average of 28.46 but the captain will be disappointed with that return. He will be under pressure to improve on that and if he can, then they have a chance of finishing in the top four.

What are the question marks for Rajasthan Royals coming into IPL 2019?

The availability of their key overseas players like Buttler, Archer and Stokes is likely to be limited if they are involved in England’s ODI World Cup squad. The ECB have already indicated their players will join up at the start of May so the Royals could be without a number of key players at a vital time of the tournament.

How do The Stats Zone think Rajasthan Royals will perform in IPL 2019?

The Royals have a strong roster on their hands but the biggest risk for them is that they compete at the top half of the group throughout and then lose some key players to international duty and that dampens their title challenge.

Prediction

Challenging for top four, may just miss out, but if they do make it, unlikely to go all the way.