The Indian Premier League mega auction is scheduled to take place this weekend on 12th and 13th Feb In Bengaluru. The addition of two new teams in the IPL 2022 is expected to be a cracker of an event. 590 players will go under the hammer this time in the mega auction. It is expected to be an event that all cricket fans across the globe will keenly watch.
Like all other teams, Rajasthan Royals are also burning their midnight oil to formulate strategies ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. Let us have a look at how things stand for the Rajsthan Royals ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction.
Rajashthan Royals Retained Players & Purse Remaining
Rajasthan Royals retained 3 players before the IPL 2022 mega auction. They have stuck with Sanju Samson, retaining him for 14 crores. The owners also decided to continue with Jos Butler, as his dual responsibility as an aggressive batsman and a wicket-keeper can be utilized. He was retained for 10 crores.
The third player that Rajasthan Royals retained was Yashasvi Jaiswal for 4 crores. They have 62 crores left in their kitty, and they would be eying to grab some valuable players this weekend.
RR Mega Auction Strategy Ahead
Rajasthan Royals would be eying to utilize 62 crores to purchase players who can balance the squad. The champions of the inaugural season of the Indian Premier have failed to have much impact in the last few years. If they build a strong team, things might change this season. With Rajasthan retaining Sanju Samson as their number 1 player, it is almost sure that he will lead the side in IPL 2022.
Opening combination– Rajasthan Royals would be eying to have an explosive opening partner alongside Yashasvi Jaiswal. They have options to choose players such as Johny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Shai Hope, etc. All these players are very versatile and can change the gears quickly.
Middle-order– For the middle order department, Rajasthan Royals can go with Steve Smith, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathy, Sharukh Khan. They can also buy Liam Livingston. Middle-order has always lacked fire-power in the RR batting department, and this time, they would be eager to iron out this issue.
All-rounders– Rajasthan Royals can target Liam Livingston, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur. These players have off-late risen to the occasion and performed well with the bat in crunch situations.
Spinners– With Rajasthan Royals retaining only the batsmen, it is evident that they will be starting from scratch in the bowling department. In the spin department, bowlers such as Kuldeep Yadav, Tabraiz Shamshi, Ish Sodhi can be very helpful in the slow wickets in India.
Pace attack– Rajasthan Royals can target bowlers such as Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Navdeep Saini, etc. These bowlers can hit the deck hard and extract pace and bounce and trouble the batters.
Rajasthan Royals expected squad IPL 2022
Sanju Samson, Yasashvi Jaiswal, Johny Bairstow, Steve Smith, Nitish Rana, Jos Butler, Liam Livingston, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Avesh Khan, Navdeep Saini.