new Delhi: Rajasthan Royals, who depended heavily on Ben Stokes, will miss the England star all-rounder in the Indian Premier League this year. The Royals’ performance depends on Australia’s Steve Smith, along with three England players, Stokes, Jos Buttler and Joffra Archer. Stokes is away from cricket due to his father’s illness and will not be seen in the first half of IPL. This will definitely upset the balance of the team.
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The responsibility of taking the Royals to the playoffs is on the foreign players. Butler and Archer will be present from the second match and both are in excellent form. Smith, however, suffered a concussion injury during practice on the England tour.
There will also be expectations from South Africa’s David Miller and Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye. Among Indian players, Sanju Samson is talented but has not done well in 5 consecutive matches in any season. Robin Uthappa, once a star player of the IPL, has not been in form for a long time.
Jaydev Unadkat has not been able to live up to the expectations despite being bought at an expensive price. Young players like Ryan Parag and Yashasvi Jaiswal are yet to prove themselves. In bowling, no one seems to be sharp except Archer.
Team: Steve Smith (captain), Jos Buttler, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Karthik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshen Thomas, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Tom Curren, Anirudh Joshi, Shreyas Gopal , Ryan Parag, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markandey.