The inaugural champions have released a total of 11 players from their 2019 squad. The Rajasthan Royals finished seventh last year and the management found the need to make major changes in the team. There is a void of experienced Indian players in the squad for the Rajasthan Royals. The core of the team includes foreign players which a cause of concern for the Jaipur-based team. We have a look at their retained, released, traded players and also the strategy they will go within the IPL 2020 Auction.
The Rajasthan Royals have released 11 players apart from the players traded off. Big players like Ashton Turner, Oshane Thomas, Ish Sodhi do not find the faith of the management and are released. Jaydev Unadkat who cost 11 crores for the Rajasthan Royals in 2018 was released for 2019 and brought back again for 8 crores in the auction for IPL 2019. He has been released again by the Rajasthan Royals after he had a poor season getting 10 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of over 10. Other key releases include Stuart Binny and Rahul Tripathi and other uncapped domestic players.
The squad has retained the last year overseas performers in Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Jofra Archer and Steve Smith who are the certain players in the eleven. Among the Indian players, Varun Aaron is the only capped player to be retained by the franchise other than Sanju Samson who has played only one T20 at the international level. Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Manan Vohra are the other known names to be retained in the squad.
Ajinkya Rahane was traded off to the Delhi Capitals in the trading window. This transfer comes after Rajasthan Royals stripped Ajinkya Rahane from the captaincy midway through IPL 2019. Another major trades off that happened were of Dhawal Kulkarni and Krishnappa Gowtham. They were traded off to Mumbai Indians and KXI Punjab respectively. Trading off some experienced Indian bowlers will be a cause of concern for the Rajasthan Royals and they need to strengthen the squad in the auctions.
The players traded in from other squads include the spinner Mayank Markande who was let go by the Mumbai Indians. Rahul Tweatia and Ankit Rajpoot are the other players to be traded in but they seem to be low impact players.
Squad Overview and Strategy for IPL 2020 Auction.
Purse Available: 20.95 crores Slots Available: 9
The Rajasthan Royals have a very heavy purse going into the auction but will shell those out in purchasing 2 overseas and a quality Indian player in the squad. Apart from Jofra Archer and Varun Aaron, there are no quality pace bowling choices for the Rajasthan Royals. An Indian top-order batsman to replace Rahane is also of utmost importance for the Royals.
The Rajasthan Royals will buy at least 7 from their available 9 slots and strengthen their squad.