Like we saw, Rajasthan Royals actually already play nice games in IPL 2022, while they are defeated in the final against Gujarat Titans.
This is actually a level-up progress for RR, since they went into the final tournament in 2008, against Chennai Super Kings then. It was Shane Warne that led them to the peak, winning a title finally. However, they had been in a low atmosphere without good performance, until the IPL 2022 mega auction. That was truly a turning point for RR.
With the joining of Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, and others, RR finally was able to have a strong XI, kept with big names like Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal.
So, it’s like a combination of new and old,and then sparkling out like an uphill-climb. However, RR might still not be strong enough to kill it around. With the stats below you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Most runs: Jos Buttler – 873 runs
Most wickets: Yuzvendra Chahal – 27 wickets
Highest individual score: Jos Buttler – 116 vs Delhi Capitals
Best bowling figures: Yuzvendra Chahal – 5/40 vs Kolkata Knight Riders
So, it were Jos Buttler & Yuzvendra Chahal that performed excellently against the GT.
Samson as a Captain and batter
It was Samson’s second year as a full-time captain and he displayed immense growth in the department. It was a season where Samson the captain shined bright but Samson the batter lost his charm.
He led his troops to the final of the tournament after playing dominant cricket. Unlike last tear, he had a better side and some experienced players whom he could rely upon in critical conditions. He utilized the resources well, especially in the bowling department where he used his options well with a set plan against particular oppositions.
The team management also played an important role in making things easier.
Devdutt Padikkal could be Better
This youngster joined RR with huge expectations after back-to-back impressive seasons for RCB. He failed to replicate his previous success in the new outfit and finished the season with 376 runs from 17 matches. These are not bad stats but his average of 22.12 didn’t do any justice to his talent.
He scored just one half-century, however, a big reason behind that was constant shuffling in his batting position. Padikkal was used as an opener, at No 3 and 4 by the Royals, and it was the opener’s slot which worked a bit for him but the management had to shift him in the middle order to find the right balance.
Keep it Positive
Reaching the IPL final is not an easy task and the Royals never relied on any luck or favour from the other team to keep their campaign going. They had match winners in Buttler and Chahal who did the majority of the task for them. The 2022 season was a good start for the former champions to bring back their glory days of the inaugural season under Shane Warne’s leadership.
The foundation has been set this season for them and Samson has a strong team to capitalize on in the coming seasons.
Reference : Rajasthan Royals in 2022-wikipedia