Rajasthan Royals, the Indian Premier League champions in 2008, haven’t been very spectacular for the rest of their time playing in the league after that huge victory.
However, they were on the verge of winning their second IPL title in the IPL 2022 season. But, the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans flipped the tables and won their IPL 2022 Trophy in their debut season.
In this article, we analyze the strong batting lineup that the Rajasthan Royal has accumulated. In addition, we look at how the addition of England’s star batsman Joe Root has further strengthened the core of the Rajasthan Royals batting lineup.
A staggering IPL 2023 mini-auction for the Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson ($14 crore), Jos Buttler ($10 crore), and Yashaswi Jaiswal ($4 crore) were all retained by RR to start their IPL 2022 season. Rajasthan’s best purchase at the IPL 2023 auction was Jason Holder, the star all-rounder from the West Indies. His signing cost the franchise 5.75 crores.
The Rajasthan Royals’ batting order is perhaps the best in the IPL this year, thanks to a terrific opening combination, a strong middle order, and powerful finishers. Buttler is expected to once again form the core of the team’s batting order this season. Locally talented players like Jaiswal, Padikkal, Parag, and Captain Samson are anticipated to support the powerful batter.
The explosive Royals batting order has become even more potent with another Englishman, Joe Root.
The Royals have established a solid bowling reputation thanks to the explosive attacks of Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult and Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin, who both thrived in their campaigns last year.
The inclusion of Kiwi pacer Boult and Navdeep Saini boosts the pace attack, and with Jason Holder’s services, the absence of a fifth bowling option might be allayed, making their attack even more strong. The RR fans will want another outstanding run this season from their team.
RR have a variety of choices at their disposal when it comes to the impact player. Clubbing Murugan Ashwin or KC Cariappa alongside the Chahal-Ashwin combination is a possibility in the future.
What makes RR one of the best batting lineups?
Here are three main reasons why the Rajasthan Royals probably have the best batting lineup in the IPL 2023.
1. Rajasthan Royals’ explosive opening pair
Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal make up the opening combination for Rajasthan Royals. The left-right combination offered by this pair at the top of the order makes them difficult for the opposition to bowl at.
Currently, Buttler is regarded as the best T20 batsman in the world. He has scored 1627 runs in 49 T20 matches since 2020 with an average of 42 and a strike rate of 143. Few batsmen in the world can give consistency and an unbelievable scoring rate as he does.
In the few games that Jaiswal has played for Rajasthan, he has also shown remarkable skills with the bat. IPL is a difficult transition from U-19 cricket.
2. Rajasthan Royals have quality middle-order batsmen
Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal & Riyan Parag make up RR’s middle-order lineup. During the previous two seasons, these three batsmen have demonstrated their value at crucial times. They are all very good at balancing one another out.
Padikkal can bat against the spinners in middle overs or hold up an end depending on what the team needs.
Sanju Samson, the captain, has significantly improved in the T20 game. Since being appointed captain, he has displayed restrained aggression with the bat. Sanju is perhaps RR’s most crucial batsman after Buttler and is effective against all styles of bowling.
In the middle order, the young Parag will be required to shoulder increasing responsibility. For the previous three seasons, the team placed a lot of trust in him.
3. Rajasthan Royals has good finishers and backups
RR have designated Shimron Hetmyer & Jason Holder to the finishing roles this season. Shimron Hetmyer is one of the T20 format’s most formidable lower middle-order batters.
Another West Indian star all-rounder Jason Holder too is quite handy with the bat and is more than capable of hitting the ball all over the park.
RR vs DC Stats
Here are some of the important RR vs DC stats after the Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in match number 11 of the IPL 2023.
- RR vs DC stats – Player of the Match: Yashasvi Jaiswal
- RR vs DC stats – Electric Striker Of The Match: Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR) for 60 runs off 31 balls
- Herbalife Active Catch Of The Match: Sanu Samson (RR) Visit Saudi Beyond The
- Longest Six: Shimron Hetmyer (RR)
- RuPay On-The-Go 4s: Jos Buttler (RR) for 11 fours
- RR vs DC UPSTOX Most Valuable Asset Of The Match: Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR)
- Dream11 Gamechanger Of The Match: Trent Boult (RR) (3/29)
With the full analysis of the Rajasthan Royals’ batting lineup, we can assume that they probably have one of the best batting lineups in the IPL 2023.
Rajasthan Royals opening pair makes full use of the powerplay, scoring runs at their will in the first six overs. Meanwhile, guys like Shimron Hetmyer in the lower middle order are excellent with the bat while chasing a target.