IPL 2022: 3 Players Rajasthan Royals (RR) should've retained instead of the current retentions

IPL 2022: 3 Players Rajasthan Royals (RR) should’ve retained instead of the current retentions

Rajasthan Royals retained Sanju Samson for INR 14 crores.

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Rajasthan Royals won the first edition of the Indian Premier League under the captaincy of Shane Warne. The team had players who fought like champions and defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final by three wickets. The Royals won the tournament with a squad that no one would have thought of, and it is the reason that when a team like RR picks a player, everyone seems to notice.

For the upcoming edition of the league, RR has retained Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and Yashasvi Jaiswal. The team management had the option to retain one more player, but they didn’t go for that. Rajasthan is a team that has been really aggressive in the auction ever since it made a comeback in the IPL. However, the players on whom the team had spent a massive amount of money were not retained.

In the list, let’s take a look at three players whom Rajasthan Royals should have retained instead of the current retentions

1. Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rajasthan Royals bought Ben Stokes for INR 12.5 crores in 2018 and decided to retain him for the next four years. But, the team decided to not retain him for the upcoming season. Stokes sustained an injury during the first match of the India leg of the 2021 season which ruled him out of the UAE leg as well.

He played a total of 31 matches for RR in the IPL and made 604 runs at an average of 23.23 and a strike rate of 130.45. He took 16 wickets at an average of 41.12, an economy of 9.42, and a strike rate of 26.1.

Stokes is rated as one of the best all-rounders of the current generation. He helped England win the ODI World Cup in 2019 and also played one of the best innings during the third Ashes Test in 2019. But, injuries ruled him out of the cricketing action for a long time. Also, he took an indefinite break from cricket last year. These might have been the reason that Rajasthan didn’t pick him for the upcoming edition of the league.