Rajasthan Royals’ four overseas players are its biggest strength for the season: Aakash Chopra
Stokes' availability is not clear yet this year.
Updated - Sep 17, 2020 1:45 pm
Former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra is again back with his expert analysis on several players ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Chopra is famous for giving his opinions on the various aspects of the game relevant in the current scenario on his YouTube channel. The commentator opines that four overseas players that will find a place in playing XI of Rajasthan Royals are all ‘runaway match-winners’.
He made this observation while commenting on the dominating areas of the Rajasthan franchise. The 42-year-old says that overseas players in Rajasthan Royals are their main strength as the franchise has spent a handsome amount to get them in their lot. Having them in their squad, the Royals have a lot of chance to give tough times to the opponents, given they use their potentials to the maximum and at right time.
“Rajasthan Royals’ strength is their overseas players. They have invested a lot on their overseas players, and they are no longer a Moneyball team,” Aakash Chopra stated on his YouTube channel. The all-time four favourite overseas players of Royals are Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer. These are all runaway match-winners, and if the quartet is available for the franchise, none of the overseas players stand any chance to get into the playing XI of the team as per Chopra.
“Their overseas players – Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer – are all runaway match-winners. And the interesting thing is that if these 4 players play, then the same four players will be playing the whole season, you don’t see anyone else apart from them although they have David Miller and others as well,” he further added.
They are not really out of their comfort zone, says Chopra
The former KKR player also threw light on other dominant areas of Rajasthan. He feels that players of the franchise will be comfortable in playing on the pitches of UAE as they are similar to that of their home ground, Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
“Their other strength is that there will not be much difference in the grounds in the UAE from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. They would get similar pitches here. Big grounds, spin-friendly pitches, not 180-190 kind of games but 150 kinds of games. So they are not really out of their comfort zone,” Aakash Chopra concluded.