Rajasthan Royals team known as RR is an Indian Premier League franchise based in the city of the Jaipur. It is currently captained by former Indian captain Rahul Dravid. They won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League under the captaincy of former Australian spin-legend Shane Warne.
Rajasthan Royals is a cricket franchise representing pink city Jaipur in the Indian Premier League. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced in September 2007 the establishment of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 competition to be started in 2008. In January 2008, the BCCI unveiled the owners of eight city-based franchises. The team is one of the eight founding members of the IPL in 2008. The Jaipur franchise was sold to the Emerging Media for $67 million, making it the least expensive team in the league. There is also no Icon Player in the team. It is currently captained by the Australian all rounder Shane Watson and coached by Paddy Upton. They won first edition of IPL under the captaincy of former Australian spinner Shane Warne.Read More
While other teams in the IPL have famous players, the Royals has a tradition of unearthing exciting talent. Royals has a history of picking non-flashy, uncapped players. Royals do not compete rupee for rupee with the bigger, more financially powerful franchises. So they hunt for bargains and do it better than any other team in the league. They have always put emphasis on buying players at cut-throat prices while picking unknown talent of all ages and backing them. The team often considered as the under-dogs, is best at stunning the oppositions. The young boys who are coached and mentored under the brilliance of Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid, make it a point to make their presence felt, whenever they get an opportunity.
The highlight of this franchise, is the way they promote all sorts of players despite their age and experience. You can be 18 or you can be 40. If the team thinks you can do the job for them, you get a shot. Ravindra Jadeja was a teenage star back in 2008 like Sanju Samson is a teenage star today. Pravin Tambe isn’t the only bowler in his 40s to turn his arm over for the franchise either. Former Australia international Brad Hogg might have significantly more impressive credentials than Tambe, but it wasn’t like other franchises were queuing up at his door begging him to sign on the dotted line. And Tambe repaid team’s faith when he took hat-trick in 2 legal deliveries.
While 19-year-old Sanju Samson seems to be the brightest youngster in the tournament, 42-year-old Pravin Tambe grabbed the opportunity with both hands when he got to play a few matches IPL season 2013. Tambe not only impressed the best of experts with his variations, but also touched the hearts of the cricket fans through his journey to the Rajasthan squad. All of which makes Rajasthan a true meritocracy. They take risks where other teams might be more cautious or more inclined to play a big name over an unknown. There has also been a concerted effort to create a family-like atmosphere in the dressing room, so everyone pulls for everyone else, whether they are playing or not. Rajasthan are not a team of stars; they are simply a team. This approach has allowed the franchise to create its own unique culture within the IPL.
The list of players who have shot to prominence with Royals is a fairly long one. There were Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan in the first few seasons. It was their IPL success with Rajasthan that led to selection for India. Yusuf even has a World Cup winning medal as a result. Over the last few seasons, it has been the likes of Sanju Samson, Pravin Tambe, Kevon Cooper, James Faulkner, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg who have taken on the baton and kept Rajasthan in the IPL conversation every year.Even the now-disgraced Ajit Chandila was a find back in 2012, and was an important part of their bowling attack in 2013.
They are often termed as the Moneyball team of IPL. Shane Watson is the leading run-getter of the team while Siddharth Trivedi is the leading wicket-taker.