11. Prasidh Krishna

Prasidh Krishnahas grown leaps and bounds in the last two years in the international circuit and in the IPL, and he is expected to have a breakout season this year. The right-arm quick can generate good speeds at ease and has the knack of taking wickets at crucial times as well.

10. Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal and Ashwin will be one of the best spin duos of the IPL this year. The leg spinner has played all his cricket in IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and this will be his first stint for a different team. 

9. Trent Boult

Trent Boult is a proven customer in IPL and has played a vital role for the Mumbai Indians in their successful campaign in IPL 2019 and 2020. The left-arm seamer can swing it both ways with the new ball and can hit the yorkers in the death overs as well.

8. Ravichandran Ashwin

R Ashwin was one of the best picks for the Rajasthan Royals in this mega auction as the off-spinner had been in really good form for India as well as in IPL. He might not have taken a lot of wickets but he definitely can get the breakthroughs at difficult times and can bowl at any stage of the game given his experience.

7. James Neesham

James Neesham will come into the playing XI to add balance as the side has a wide gaping hole at number seven and he will have competition from the likes of Daryl Mitchell and Nathan Coulter Nile. Jimmy Neesham had a decent T20 World Cup 2021 but is yet to fire in the cash-rich tournament despite getting enough opportunities.

6. Riyan Parag

Riyan Parag has become one of the familiar names in the Rajasthan Royals setup since the 2019 edition and has been playing some vital knocks in the middle order. The youngster will still look to improve on his consistency but definitely has the goods in him.

5. Shimron Hetmyer

After a high-impact season in 2021, striking at over 168, the ever so flamboyant and hard-hitting Shimron Hetmyer is now a part of the Rajasthan Royals. Into his fourth IPL season, the Guyanese batter was really able to have an impact in a finishing role and hopes to replicate the same as he joins up with the Royals for the upcoming edition of the IPL.

4. Sanju Samson (c)

Sanju Samson is a magnificent player, destructive, match-winner, has every ability that you want in a batter. In IPL 2021, Samson scored 484 runs in 14 games at 40.33 and with a strike rate of 136.72.

3. Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal was brought by the Rajasthan Royals franchise for INR 7.75 Crores in the mega auction after a bidding war. The left-hander although has played most of his IPL career at the top of the order might get a new role at number three for the Royals.

2. Jos Buttler (wk)

Jos Buttler is definitely among the certainties at the top of the order for the Rajasthan Royals as the English batter has played some outstanding innings in the last few seasons of IPL. The right-hander has the ability to win games on his own and is one of the best in the business when it comes to T20 cricket.

1. Yashasvi Jaiswal

Yashasvi Jaiswal is likely to be the opening partner for Buttler after being retained ahead of the mega auction. The left-hander has played just 13 IPL games so far scoring 289 runs at an average of 22.2 and an extended run of chances might just bring the best out of him.