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5 Players Rajasthan Royals should release before IPL 2020 Auction

Since their readmission, RR have been ordinary at best, thus to change fortunes next season they need to make some tough calls, release some players and form a better combination.

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals. (Photo: IANS)

Rajasthan Royals culminated their horrendous and forgettable IPL 2019 campaign on 4th April. After their early struggles, the team did show some signs of improvement under Steve Smith, but luck was never on their side. Although RR did have some positive to look at, they were largely overshadowed by the poor performance of seasoned campaigners.

The team management would have expected experienced players to perform and the younger lot to assist them, however, the case proved to be just the opposite. Young guns like Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, and Sanju Samson were extraordinary. The experienced players, the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, even Jaydev Unadkat couldn’t make a defining contribution for the team. In fact, even failed to play second fiddle when that was all they needed to do.

Since their readmission, RR have been ordinary at best, thus to change fortunes next season they need to make some tough calls, release some players and form a better combination.

1. Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. (Photo Source: IANS)

Stokes has turned out to be the biggest disappointment for RR in the last 2 seasons. His superb contribution when he was at the Rising Pune Supergiant helped him fetch a bid of 12.50 crores in IPL 2018 auction. But he could not replicate that performance even partially. The management continued to show faith in Stokes and retained him for the 2019 season as well, but he could hardly make it count.

Therefore, the time has for RR to look beyond him and invest in a more sustainable talent. Their basic principle of trusting the young guns has paid off more often than not and the Royals should try to find a similar talent in the all-rounder’s slot as well. Doing away with Stokes will also free up quite a lot of purse value as well.

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