A potential squad with lack of relevant backups, what strategy should Rajasthan Royals adopt in the IPL 2020 Trade window.
The Dark-horse as we call them haven’t had success since winning the maiden IPL tournament in 2008. Their strategy of buying low-cost high returns has given them few top 4 finish, but not another title.
They did divert from this philosophy in IPL 2018 by buying Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, and Jayadev Unadkat for hefty price, it still didn’t help them win the title.
Now that IPL 2020 trade window is open, Rajasthan Royals have the chance to rectify the mistakes they did in IPL 2019, and minimize their team gaps.
Before that, let’s analyze the Rajasthan Royals’ squad. Let’s see which players do not add value to their squad based on their capability and their hefty price tag.
RR SQUAD AHEAD OF IPL 2020 TRADE WINDOW:
Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane, Aryaman Birla, Jos Buttler(WK), Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, Riyan Parag, Sanju Samson(WK), Shashank Singh, and Steve Smith.
All-rounders: Ashton Turner, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomrar, Shubham Rajmane, and Stuart Binny.
Bowlers: Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Oshane Thomas, Shreyas Gopal, Sudeshan Mithun, and Varun Aaron.
Barring good Indian pacers, and relevant backups, Rajasthan Royals have potential match-winners in their team.
So, which players should Rajasthan Royals release in the trade window so that they can focus on minimizing their gaps for IPL 2020.
#3: Jaydev Unadkat | Price: INR 840L
It goes without saying that Rajasthan Royals are over-investing in Jaydev Unadkat in hope of seeing him perform the way he did in IPL 2017 for Pune Warriors where he took 24 wickets from 12 matches at an average of 13.41.
However, since IPL 2017, Jaydev Unadkat has given mediocre results. In IPL 2018, he could only take 11 wickets of 15 matches at an economy rate of 9.65. While In IPL 2019, he was once again below-par taking 10 wickets from 11 outings at an economy rate of 10.66.
Bought for a whopping INR 840L in IPL 2019, Jaydev Unadkat is adding no value to the team, and it would be foolish of Rajasthan Royals if they still persist with him for IPL 2020.
#2: Varun Aaron | Price: INR 240L
The pace heavy, Varun Aaron returned to IPL 2019 with a bang. His banana inswinger to dismiss Shubman Gill was one of the best moments of the tournament.
However, that was it for Varun Aaron, who then failed to impress in the next three occasions. Overall, In IPL 2019, Varun Aaron took 4 wickets from 5 outings at an economy rate of 9.66; his second-worst in IPL.
It is no doubt that Varun Aaron has the pace to trouble any attack, but it is his inconsistent line & length and Injury concerns that make us believe that he isn’t a T20 material. It would be ideal if RR release him for a better more consistent Indian pacer.
#1: Rahul Tripathi | Price: INR 340L
Rahul Tripathi is a curious case of Rajasthan Royals’ batting-order selection. While playing for Pune Warriors as an opener, Rahul Tripathi gave exceptional result, but for Rajasthan Royals, he hardly got few chances to open, and mostly gave poor results while playing in the middle-order.
With Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler in the squad, I don’t see Rahul Tripathi opening for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020 too. Rajasthan Royals would then once again be forced to play Tripathi in the middle-order where he hasn’t done well.
With almost half a million dollar being shelled out for Rahul Tripathi, you expect him in the playing 11, and in the top-order. If that is not going to happen, it is better RR release him for better Indian pacer. Moreover, RR have good low-cost opening back-ups in the form of Liam Livingstone, Manan Vohra, and Prashant Chopra.
So, these are the players who Rajasthan Royals (RR) should release in the IPL 2020 trade window.
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