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IPL 2018: 5 Rajasthan Royals players who should be axed ahead of next season

The Rajasthan Royals qualified for the playoffs in the IPL 2018.

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Rajasthan Royals’ Shreyas Gopal celebrates fall of Mandeep Singh’s wicket. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Rajasthan Royals have made a very impressive comeback to the IPL roster this season. Having served their two year suspension, the Jaipur franchise made a comeback in the 2018 edition of the tournament along with the Chennai Super Kings. At the end of the league stages, both the returning franchises have made it to the playoffs of the season. While the Super Kings had a cruising run in the season, the times have not been very fluent for the Royals.

The Rajasthan Royals have have had a thrilling ride in the season ever since they lost their first match of the season against the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets. They won a few games, and then horribly lost their plot. Some brilliant performances from the individuals like K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler in the second half of the season helped the side make it to the playoffs.

The names of the superstars of the team are many. At the same time, there are a few players in the Rajasthan Royals camp who have miserably failed to have an impact in the tournament. While some of them failed repeatedly, there were others who did not get enough chances. With this backdrop, it would be sensible for them to drop a few players in the next edition of the tournament.

Here are the 5 players from Rajasthan Royals who should be axed before next season:

1. D Arcy Short

D'Arcy Short of Rajasthan Royals
D’Arcy Short of Rajasthan Royals. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Australian cricketer D Arcy Short arrived in to the Indian Premier League riding on some serious reputation. Back in Australia, he was compared to the hard hitting veteran opener David Warner. Short was the leading run getter of the BBL 2017-18 season and was expected to call the shots in the IPL 2018 as well. However, the opener failed to leave an impact in the league stages.

He could only muster 115 runs in the 7 matches that he played in the season with a top score off 44. He averaged just 16.42 with the bat. His struggle against the spinners and his lack of adaptability on the Indian tracks was very well exploited by the other teams. He is certainly in line to be axed from the side for the next edition.

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