A team led by Steve Smith and with heavyweights Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in their ranks needs to be taken seriously. With so many superstars in the lineup, expectations are rising and it’s no surprise that fans want to see fireworks.
But for the Rajasthan Royals, things were far from impressive in IPL 2020. Despite starting the tournament on a winning note – winning their first two games – the team finished bottom of the table with just six wins in 14 games. , which raised several questions. on its strategy.
What did not go well?
Consistency is the key to IPL and this is an area where Rajasthan has failed. He couldn’t get his correct batting order, which led to too many experiments. He tried five different combinations at the top and it hurt more than good at the side.
Sanju Samson got off to a good start and then completely lost the plot. It was a similar story with Captain Smith, who scored 311 points in 14 games. The Aussie superstar looked under pressure and it took an impact on his stick. Even though Stokes and Archer played winning shots, they were largely inconsistent.
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Things weren’t getting any better at the bowling alley either. While Archer was furious at his best, he had virtually no support from fellow pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Ankit Rajpoot.
A few questionable captaincy decisions also hurt the team at crucial times.
The positive points
In a season where nothing happened, Archer and Rahul Tewatia were the only two positive stories emerging from the Royals camp. The English rhythm ace carried the bowling load with impressive shows in Powerplay and Death. Maintaining a pace of 145 km / h, Archer had a very good economy rate of 5.35 for a fast bowler.
Tewatia rose to fame with his winning shot against Kings XI Punjab. The Haryana all-rounder played a key role in the middle order, amassing 255 races and scalping 10 wickets. Known for his batting skills, Tewatia has stood firm and has helped the team get home on several occasions.
It is true that the Royals players failed to play their part, but then there were some puzzling decisions made by the team management. Despite having Shane Warne – who guided the Royals to their only title victory in 2008 – as a mentor (and brand ambassador), the team did not reap the rewards.
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While in the UAE, Warne was seen speaking primarily to franchise stakeholders in the stands rather than joining the coaching staff in the canoe.
Shortly after leaving the bubble, Warne said Sky Sports that Buttler should definitely have opened up – something that team management didn’t persist with – and also insisted that “my hands were a little tied and I wish I had had a little more influence on the team … “
The hero: Jofra Archer
Matches: 14; counters: 20; best bowling: 3/19; average: 18.25; economic rate: 6.55; strike rate: 16.70; quadruple dashes: 0