2015 IPL Team Profile; The Imperial Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals
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The Winners Circle

Rajasthan Royals

Bio

Founded: 2008

Owner: Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Ltd

City: Jaipur, Rajasthan; India

Home Ground: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur (23, 185)

Secondary Home Grounds: Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad (54 000); Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai (20 000)

IPL Titles: 1

CL T20 Titles: 0 (Runners-up 2013)

Best IPL Finish: Winners 2008

Captain: Shane Watson

Coach: Paddy Upton

Chief Mentor: Rahul Dravid

Highest Ranked T20 Batsman: Shane Watson (16th)

Highest Ranked T20 Bowler: Shane Watson (35th)

Highest Ranked T20 All-Rounder: Shane Watson (4th)

2014 IPL Record: 7-7 (Lost out on a Playoff berth to the Mumbai Indians on net run rate)

2015 Squad

Batsmen

Name: Ajinkya Rahane; Age: 26; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium

Name: Steve Smith; Age: 25; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break

Name: Karun Nair; Age: 23; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Off Break

All-Rounders

Name: Rajat Bhatia; Age: 35; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium

Name: Deepak Hooda; Age: 20; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Off Break

Name: Chris Morris; Age: 27; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Fast-Medium

Name: Dinesh Salunkhe; Age: 32; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break

Name: Ankit Sharma; Age: 24; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Slow Left-Arm Orthodox

Name: Abhishek Nayar; Age 31; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium

Name: Shane Watson; Age 33; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Fast-Medium

Name: James Faulkner; Age 24; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Left-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Stuart Binny; Age 30; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium

Name: Pardeep Sahu; Age 29; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break Googly

Wicketkeepers

Name: Sanju Samson; Age: 20; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: N/A

Name: Dishant Yagnik; Age: 31; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: N/A

Bowlers

Name: Pravin Tambe; Age: 43; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break

Name: Tim Southee; Age: 26; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Rahul Tewatia; Age: 21; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Leg Break

Name: Kane Richardson; Age: 24; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Ben Cutting; Age: 28; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Dhawal Kulkarni; Age: 26; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Vikramjeet Malik; Age: 31; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Rusty Theron; Age: 29; Batting Style: Right-Handed; Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium-Fast

Name: Brainder Sran; Age: 22; Batting Style: Left-Handed; Bowling Style: Left-Arm Medium-Fast

The Money List (Top 5 Highest Paid Players)

Shane Watson ($ 2m)

James Faulkner ($ 1,5m)

Ajinkya Rahane ($ 1,2m)

Steve Smith ($ 630 000)

Sanju Samson ($ 630 000)

Stuart Binny ($ 630 000)

The Grand Stand View

The inaugural Pepsi IPL winners have showcased the hallmark of a true championship franchise by chasing after their benchmark of 2008 and not resting on their laurels, the Royals have tried to stick to their low profile personnel procurement ideology for as long as possible and they persistence could be rewarded with a trip to the Playoffs and a shot at adding to their single IPL trophy. The Rajasthan Royals have an extremely well balanced unit that seems to be tightly knit and extremely well coached as they execute their innovative bowling game plan efficiently while using that world-class top order to blow away many an opposition side when they are in full flow.

While the Royals seem to have finally stuttered a tad bit in their pursuit of yet another crown with a few losses on the trot halting their perfect start to the season, but the experienced side will be quick to return to wining was in regal fashion and prove to all and sundry that form is only temporary, while class remains permanent.

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