Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-time best XI in IPL history
The team was suspended for 2 seasons from 2016 to 2017 on disciplinary grounds, but they made a good comeback in 2018 by reaching the playoffs.
Updated - Aug 5, 2020 8:01 pm
Rajasthan Royals stunned everyone by winning the inaugural edition of the IPL. Ever since that triumphant season, they have faced ups and downs both on and off the pitch. In the 10 seasons that they have been involved in, they have reached the playoffs on four occasions but have never reached the final after Shane Warne’s men did the unthinkable in 2008. They are a team based in Jaipur and play their home matches at Sawai Mansingh stadium.
They are often referred to as the “Moneyball” team of the IPL due to their approach to recruiting players. Over the years, Rajasthan Royals have been able to hone talented players like Ravindra Jadeja, Sanju Samson and Shreyas Gopal. They have appointed skippers like Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid, who have taken young players under their stride and helped them gain confidence and experience.
The team was suspended for 2 seasons from 2016 to 2017 on disciplinary grounds, but they made a good comeback in 2018 by reaching the playoffs. In Shane Watson, they have had one of the most valuable players in IPL history. Another feature in Rajasthan Royals’ policy in acquiring players is their eye for spotting talented foreign players like Kevon Cooper, Jofra Archer, James Faulkner and D’Arcy Short who had previously shined in other T20 leagues.
Let us take a look at their all-time best XI:
1. Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane is the first batsman which springs to mind when you think of Rajasthan Royals. After a few years with local side Mumbai Indians, “Jinks” was bought by Rajasthan Royals in 2011. One could argue that Rahane is another player who was discovered through the IPL as he made his debut for India following a string of strong performances for the Royals.
In the first game of IPL 2012, He hit a match-winning 98 against Kings XI Punjab and followed that up with an unbeaten 103 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rahane became the first batsman to hit a century that year and finished the season as the leading run-scorer for Rajasthan Royals. His tally for 560 runs in 2012 is the most he has ever scored in a single season.
He has established himself as one of the most dependable batsmen at the top of the order. He has always been among the runs, having never failed to score less than 300 runs in a campaign since the 2012 edition. Overall, the classy batsman has an aggregate of 3820 runs, 3098 of which have come while playing for Rajasthan Royals and that is enough for him to be their all-time highest run-scorer.