The inaugural season winner Rajasthan Royals players bought it in the IPL 2021 auction on Thursday.
In 2008, the winner of the inaugural IPL, Rajasthan Royals had a forgettable season in the United Arab Emirates. They finished last among the eight teams and, as a result, a review by the owners resulted in some major decisions. In January, he let go of superstar and captain Steve Smith, along with Akash Singh, Anirudh Joshi, Ankit Rajput, Oshen Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curren and Varun Aaron. He also appointed a new captain in Sanju Samson.
How did RR perform in IPL 2020?
Less said better. He started well with back-to-back wins over Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. However, as they progressed through the season, their performance decreased. Eventually, they are locked in a battle with CSK to escape the wooden spoon which was unfortunately for them, they win. Out of 14 matches, he managed to win just six, tasting defeat in the remaining six. With 375 runs from 14 innings, Sanju Samson was the leading run-gainer of the season, while Jofra Archer was the top wicket-taker with 20 wickets to his name.
How much RR can spend at the auction?
RR have eight available slots with three to be filled by overseas players. Here’s how they can spend their cash on.
Salary Cap: Rs 34.85 crore
RR Money Spent: TBA
RR Players Bought: TBA
RR Players Retained: Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye
Updated Full Squad: TBA