The perfect starting XI for the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2022 may look like this.
The following is a hypothetical starting XI for the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in 2022.
1. Yashasvi Jaiswal
Jaiswal was retained for Rs. 4 crore ahead of the auctions and is expected to begin the bat after a strong showing in the second leg of the IPL 2021 in the UAE, where he made 183 runs in seven innings at 155.08, including a 21-ball 50 against CSK. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) 2021-22, Jaiswal had a nightmare season, averaging 9.25 in five matches, and he battled to keep up in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, scoring 128 runs with a strike rate of 67.72.
2. Jos Buttler (wk)
In his last IPL match, Buttler hit a 64-ball 124 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, convincing the franchise to retain him for Rs. 10 million. Buttler had a chilly IPL 2021 season until that century, hitting just 130 runs in six matches while striking at a lethargic 127.45. After missing the IPL’s UAE leg, Buttler dominated the T20 World Cup, leading England with 269 runs at a strike rate of 151.12.
3. Devdutt Padikkal
Padikkal may need to adapt at No. 3 to accommodate a left-right combination at the top, after scoring 884 runs at 125.03 while opening the batting for RCB over two seasons. Padikkal would be hoping to justify the Rs. 7.75 crore price tag after dismal SMAT and VHT campaigns. The southpaw will be buoyed by his most recent inning of 178 in the Ranji Trophy against Puducherry.
4. Sanju Samson (c)
The skipper, who was retained for Rs. 14 crore, was the team’s best run-scorer in IPL 2021, with 484 runs at a strike rate of 136.72, and will be expected to anchor the middle order and add firepower. Samson had a fantastic SMAT 2021-22 season, scoring 227 runs at an average of 75.66 while cruising at 141.87, and he will be crucial to the franchise’s revival efforts.
5. Shimron Hetmyer
In the IPL 2021, the flashy West Indian finally came of age, smashing 242 runs at an incredible 168.05 for Delhi Capitals. While Hetmyer needs to improve his consistency, it was his big-hitting that brought him Rs. 8.50 crore at the auctions. Hetmyer will be eager to play for the Royals after missing a significant amount of international cricket owing to fitness difficulties.
6. Riyan Parag
The 21-year-old Assamese will have a lot to impress after the organisation put their faith in him after two disappointing seasons in which he scored only 179 runs at a low strike rate of 111.87. Parag, on the other hand, showed flashes of his potential when he led Assam in SMAT and VHT this season, and complimented it with a respectable red-ball season in which he got three fifties in six innings.
7. James Neesham
Since his debut in 2014, Neesham has only appeared in 12 IPL matches, scoring 61 runs and taking eight wickets. As he demonstrated in the T20 World Cup 2021, the Kiwi can make useful cameos and be frugal with the ball late in games. Neesham, who was signed for Rs. 1.5 crore, would provide the Royals with much-needed balance as a finisher and third pacer.
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8. Ravichandran Ashwin
At Rs. 5 crore, the experienced spinner was a steal for the Royals and will be the cornerstone of a potent bowling spin department. Although Ashwin’s comeback to India’s white-ball team did not go as planned, the off-spinner is a force to be reckoned with with the new ball and in the middle overs in the IPL. His 145 IPL wickets at an economy rate of less than seven will serve the squad well.
9. Trent Boult
Boult is a no-brainer in any T20 team, as he is dangerous with the new ball, restricting in the middle overs, and has a propensity for collecting wickets at the death. With Mumbai Indians, the Kiwi paceman had two outstanding seasons, taking 39 wickets at an average of under eight runs per over. In New Zealand’s incredible run to the final, Boult was also the top wicket-taker (13 wickets at 6.25 rpo).
10. Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal and Ashwin, two of India’s most experienced active spinners, will create a lethal leg-spin and off-spin tandem for the Royals. Chahal was a prolific wicket-taker for RCB, taking 18 wickets at an outstanding economy rate of 7.05 in 2021, and upon his return to the national white-ball team, he became India’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is.
11. Prasidh Krishna
The Royals spent Rs. 10 crore on the lanky pacer after he picked up nine wickets at an average of 7.56 in a three-match ODI series against the West Indies at home. The Karnataka bowler, dubbed a “thinking cricketer,” had a breakout IPL season in 2021, racking up 12 wickets in ten matches, but he’ll need to improve his economy rate, which is over nine runs per over.
|The squad: Sanju Samson (c) (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell, Obed McCoy.|