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Since last year, the Royals have experimented with several combinations both at the top and in the middle. While the two places are now reserved by England goalkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and David Miller of South Africa, other batting positions are being left to inexperienced Indian players.
Captain Sanju Samson has six uncapped batsmen with a decent national record at his disposal, but management has yet to look past some choices and fully explore their talent.
One of the main examples is Yashasvi Jaiswal.
A hot pick in the 2020 IPL auction, Royals spent Rs 2.40 crore on Jaiswal and seemed willing to invest time and patience with him. But after letting him play just three games in the UAE last year, the Royals ran out of patience. With a precocious talent like him, who was also the best run-getter in the 2020 ICC U-19 World Cup, a little more persistence would have been better for the outfit.
RR management, led by cricket director Kumar Sangakkara, should look beyond the opener role for Jaiswal, especially when all the other players have been tried and tested in multiple positions and none have enough. impressed to seal a batting crack. The left-handed batsman can also be useful as a skater.
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Another player who needs to take a look is Mahipal Lomror.
The southpaw, who is a mid-tier hitter and tough hitter, has played a pivotal role for Rajasthan on the national tour for the past three years. In the recently concluded domestic season, he was Rajasthan’s second-highest scorer in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 173 points from seven matches, with a 160.18 strike rate. He was also his state team’s top scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 272 runs in five games. It can also come in handy as a part-time left arm spinner.
The reluctance to give these players a fair run seems out of place when those like Riyan Parag are given a long chord while not providing good returns. While the Assam all-rounder did well in 2019, scoring 160 points in seven IPL games, Parag failed to replicate that performance in the UAE last year. He only scored 86 points in 12 outings. Additionally, the 19-year-old’s scores of 25, 2 and 3 in the current edition only weaken his case.