They rely too much on the personal talent of Ben Stokes and England’s all-rounder absent Rajasthan will severely affect the Royals’ campaign in this year’s Indian Premier League. Royals The Corps consists of three Englishmen – Stokes, Jose Butler and Joffra Archer, and their Australian captain, Steve Smith. However it is the grandeur of the strokes that define royals, perennial under-performers. He kept quality players in his line for years, but did not get the desired results.
His father’s illness kept Stokes out of action For some time and his absence, certainly in the first half of the league, will spoil the balance of the side.
If Stokes can make it to the second half, the responsibility of keeping the team alive for the play-offs will be on their foreign recruits as the Indian players in the set do not instill much confidence.
Butler and Archer are expected to be available from the second game after their mandatory quarantine and their good form is a silver lining for the Royals, who will be upset about their captain Smith’s current form.
Smith recently suffered another collision in Britain during a training session.
The other two foreigners who can carry some weight are South African batsman David Miller and Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye.
For the Royals, the problem is their Indian origin which is not really consistent.
Sanju Samson, an IPL specialist, is a mine of talent, but has rarely performed in five straight games in any edition during the last five years.
Robin Uthappa was a brilliant IPL player at one time, but over the years, form has left him.
Even if he is denied outright, Jaydev Unadkat, who has so far been unable to replicate the form for the Royals, after a banging season with the defending Rising Pune Supergiants. The price tag of over a million dollars is overshadowing it.
Varun Aaron has suffered injuries despite some serious pace while Manan Vohra has been brilliant on rare occasions with talent.
This leaves the team with several crooks including Ryan Parag, who made a good impression last season and left-handed opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, who could replace Uthappa during the tournament.
The bowling department has Karthik Tyagi, who could be a serious prospect for India in the near future, but he may have to wait for his chance.
Archer, who defends the bowling attack, looks the least thin on paper and the spin attack with Shreyas Gopal is thin. Mayank is the antagonist but after the first season, he lost his sting.
This could be another season when reaching the play-offs can be a challenge for the Royals.
Squad: Steve Smith (C), Jose Butler, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Karthik Tyagi, Akhile Singh, Aushen Thomas, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Tom Curren, Anirudh Joshi. Shreyas Gopal, Riyana Parag, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande.
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