Rajasthan Royals

Founded: 2008

Captain: Sanju Samson

Coach: Kumar Sangakkara

Home ground: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

IPL titles: 1 (2008)

Owners: Emerging Media, RedBird Media

Rajasthan Royals are one of the IPL franchises that have been with the IPL since it’s inaugural season of 2008. RR won the inaugural IPL season but has not been able to replicate that success in subsequent seasons. The Royals have made it to the playoffs just four times since 2008. However, they did make it to the final of the 2022 IPL against the new-entrants Gujarat Titans. Under the leadership of Sanju Samson, the Rajasthan Royals have been performing well in the IPL and will be looking to make history again in the upcoming IPL 2024 season.

RR Squad 

Sanju Samson (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kuldeep Sen, Sandeep Sharma, Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Kunal Singh Rathore, Jos Buttler, Trent Boult, Adam Zampa, Shimron Hetmyer, Donovan Ferreira, Rovman Powell, Subham Deubey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Nandre Burger, Abid Mushtaq 

RR News

Rajasthan Royals have yet to be able to hold up to their high standards since winning the inaugural edition of IPL. After 2008, Rajasthan Royals were unable to qualify for the playoffs in the next four years. Their next qualification in the playoffs came in 2013, but they failed to qualify for the finals.

Rajasthan Royals finished 5th in the 2014 edition, narrowly missing the playoffs. They again qualified for the playoffs in 2015 but again got knocked out in the playoffs by Royal Challengers Bangalore. RR were suspended for the next two seasons following the spot-fixing scandal. Since returning to IPL in 2018, Rajasthan managed to qualify for playoffs twice, playing the final once in 2022. 

RR logo & Jersey

Rajasthan Royals’ logo and jersey are distinctive symbols of the team’s identity, resonating with the spirit and passion of the players and their fans.

Royalty and team spirit form the core values of the Royals’ logo which has been designed to evoke pride and grandeur. The name ‘Rajasthan Royals’ is inspired by the former princely state of Rajasthan. The people of Rajasthan are known for their resilience, commitment and a never-say-die attitude synonymous with the Royals brand. Talking about the Rajasthan Royals’ jersey of IPL, pink is the primary colour keeping in line with the tradition and the identity of Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’. There is also a tinge of Blue in the jersey, representing ‘royalty’.

Jersey ColourPink & Blue
Theme SongHalla Bol
Main RivalsPunjab Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Key PlayersSanju Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jos Buttler
CaptainSanju Samson

Administration & Support Staff 

CEO: Jake Lush McCrum

Team manager: Romi Bhinder

Director of cricket: Kumar Sangakkara

Strategy, Development, and Performance Director: Zubin Bharucha

Assistant coach: Trevor Penney

Tactical performance coach: Lisa Keightley

Support coach: Siddhartha Lahiri

Spin bowling and strategy coach: Richard das Neves

Fast bowling coach: Shane Bond

Fielding coach: Dishant Yagnik

Head physio: John Gloster

RR Sponsors 

Kit Sponsor: Alcis Sports

Pant: Goel TMT and Goel Pipes

Jersey Front: Happilo

Jersey Back: BKT

Jersey Chest: Dollar

Right Sleeve: RedBull

Left Sleeve: Jio

Cap left side: Studds

Cap back side: Colgate

Rajasthan Royals history

RR in IPL 2008: 

Underestimated going into the tournament, the Shane Warne-led side made a name for themselves by winning 11 out of their first 14 matches in the group stage. Led by the brilliant performances of Sohail Tanvir, Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson and captain Warne, the side went on to lift the trophy in the final against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.

RR in IPL 2009: 

Royals were missing two of their key players from the previous season: Sohail Tanvir was ruled out due to the BCCI’s ban on Pakistani players from playing in the IPL while Watson was unavailable owing to Australia commitments. Without them, Royals finished in the sixth position in IPL 2009. 

RR in IPL 2010:  

Yusuf Pathan was in blistering form in IPL 2010, slamming IPL’s fastest century against Mumbai Indians in their season opener in 37 balls. However, his form wasn’t enough as RR lost five out of their next seven matches to finish at the second-last spot in the IPL table.

RR in IPL 2011: 

In what turned out to be their final campaign under Warne, the Royals started on the right foot, winning several games, but then ran out of steam. They lost four matches in a row towards the end of the group phase to finish with just six wins from 14 matches. They ended up taking the sixth place in the league table.

RR in IPL 2012:

It was another forgettable season for the team as they registered just seven wins out of their 16 matches and finished in seventh place. However, the season was marked as Ajinkya Rahane’s breakout season, as the batter scored tons of runs in this edition.

RR in IPL 2013: 

Rajasthan Royals reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008 in this IPL edition. Watson, who was named Player of the tournament after scoring 543 runs from 16 matches, played a key role in RR’s qualification for the playoffs. RR won the first eliminator but lost the second qualifier to Mumbai Indians.

RR in IPL 2014: 

After Dravid retired as a player, he continued to serve as a mentor for the Royals. Despite retaining the core of their team by holding on to the likes of Sanju Samson and Shane Watson and buying Steve Smith, Tim Southee and Karun Nair, Royals narrowly fell short of the playoff stage. 

RR in IPL 2015: 

The team got off to a great start, winning five games in a row. However, a couple of losses in the middle of the season and a couple of postponed matches killed the team’s momentum. Despite this, they managed to finish fourth in the table but lost the eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

RR in IPL 2016, 2017: 

Suspended

RR in IPL 2018: 

RR marked their comeback to IPL after two seasons by qualifying for the playoffs yet again, but Kolkata Knight Riders got the better of them in the eliminator. 

RR in IPL 2019

There were doubts about Rahane’s captaincy and middle-order role going into the tournament. The Royals stumbled again with five defeats in their first six matches before Smith stepped up to lead the way midway through the tournament. However, the uncertainty regarding leadership cost RR their playoff place as they finished in the seventh spot.

RR in IPL 2020

After two wins in their opening two games, the Royals only won four of their next twelve games and finished last in the table. They had little to show for themselves apart from Archer’s tireless work on the ball and a handful of remarkable individual performances.

RR in IPL 2021

Another forgettable season with just five wins in 14 matches. They were missing two of their key players in Archer and Stokes for the whole of the tournament. Their other key player in the middle order, Buttler also missed the entire UAE leg. As a result, they were never able to find the right mix and finished at the seventh spot.

RR in IPL 2022

Rajasthan Royals had their best season since 2008. Buttler was the star of the show with an impressive 863 runs off 17 innings, while the new-look attack of Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult all bowled well. Buttler and Chahal, who scored the highest number of runs and took the most wickets in the season respectively, played a key role in the Royals’ run to the final where Gujarat Titans defeated them.

RR in IPL 2023

After going unbeaten in the first five matches, the Royals won just one of the next five games. Yashaswi Jaiswal led the way for the Royals, smashing a record-breaking 13-ball fifty and scoring a hundred and unbeaten 98. However, his monstrous performance with the bat wasn’t enough as they finished 5th. 

RR Batting Stats 

PlayerSpanMatRunsHSAvgSR50/1004s6s
Sanju Samson2013-2023130340311930.11138.72      20/2274160
Ajinkya Rahane2011-20191063098105*35.60122.3021/232960
Jos Buttler2018-202372269612442.12148.7818/5269123
Shane Watson2008-2015842474104*35.85140.1614/2244114
Rahul Dravid2011-20135213246627.02108.88717711

RR Bowling Stats 

PlayerSpanMatWktsBBIEcon4W5W
Shane Watson2008-201584673/107.55
Siddharth Trivedi2008-201376654/257.581
Shane Warne2008-201156584/217.241
James Faulkner2013-201548535/168.28              2
Yuzvendra Chahal2022-202331485/407.934              1
YearCaptainFinal standingTop BatterTop Bowler
2008Shane WarneChampionsShane Watson (472)Sohail Tanveer (22)
2009Shane WarneLeague stageRavindra Jadeja (295)Munaf Patel (16)
2010Shane WarneLeague stageNaman Ojha (377)Siddharth Trivedi (11)
2011Shane WarneLeague stageRahul Dravid (343)Shane Warne (13)
2012Rahul  DravidLeague stageAjinkya Rahane (560Siddharth Trivedi  (13)
2013Rahul  DravidPlayoffsShane Watson (543)James Faulkner (28)
2014Shane WatsonLeague stageAjinkya Rahane (339)Praveen Tambe (15)
2015Shane WatsonPlayoffsAjinkya Rahane (540)Dhawal Kulkarni (13)
            2016
2017
2018Ajinkya RahanePlayoffsJos Buttler (548)Krishnappa Gowtham (11)
2019Steve SmithLeague stageAjinkya Rahane (393)Shreyas Gopal (20)
2020Steve SmithLeague stageSanju Samson (375)Shreyas Gopal (10)
2021Sanju SamsonLeague stageSanju Samson (484)Chris Morris (15)
2022Sanju SamsonRunners-UpJos Buttler (863)Yuzvendra Chahal (27)
2023Sanju SamsonLeague stageYashasvi Jaiswal (825)Yuzvendra Chahal (21)

RR Key Players 

Sanju Samson: Sanju Samson will be leading the Rajasthan Royals for the third season in a row. The IPL 2024 will be personally important for the wicketkeeper-batter as well. With the T20 World Cup in the horizon after the IPL, Sanju will look to put in some strong performances to seek a place in India’s squad.

Jos Buttler: Jos Buttler will be another vital player for the Royals. Buttler had an average IPL last season, failing to produce the form he did in IPL 2022. Buttler will be have to be at his best to provide the Royals with any chance of qualifying for the playoffs. 

Yashaswi Jaiswal: Yashasvi Jaiswal is one of the players to watch out for in IPL 2024. He lit up the IPL stage last season scoring tons of runs. However, he will hope his runs help the team qualify for the playoffs this time around. With Yashasvi almost assured of an opening spot in India’s T20 team, it will just be a tournament for the southpaw to get into the groove before the World Cup.

Yuzvendra Chahal: It will take a monstrous performance from Yuzvendra Chahal in IPL 2024 to get back into India’s T20 team for the World Cup. The leg-spinner has constantly been overlooked in recent times with Ravi Bishnoi being preferred instead. However, a purple-cap-worthy performance can certainly turn the tide in his favour. 

Ravichandran Ashwin: The veteran off-spinner has been in the IPL for too long to exactly know which situation warrants which reaction. Apart from his miserly spin bowling skills and ability to score quick runs with the bat, Ashwin will be an integral part of Rajasthan Royal’s leadership team, guiding the youngsters in tricky situations. His partnership with Chahal will be one of the most deadly spin duos in the tournament too. 

FAQ

How many times have RR won IPL?

Rajasthan Royals have one IPL title.

Who is the owner of Rajasthan Royals? 

Emerging Media and RedBird Media are the owners of Rajasthan Royals. 

Who is the captain of RR? 

Sanju Samson will lead the Rajasthan Royals for the third consecutive season. 

Which players have RR retained in 2024? 

Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Donovan Ferreira, Adam Zampa, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Kuldeep Sen, Navdeep Saini, Kunal Rathore.

Which players have RR released in 2024? 

Joe Root, Jason Holder, Obed McCoy, Abdul Basith, Kuldip Yadav, M Ashwin, KC Cariappa, Akash Vashisht, KM Asif

Which players have RR bought in 2024? 

Rovman Powell (Rs. 7.4 crore), Shubham Dubey (Rs. 5.80 crore), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Rs. 40 lakh), Abid Mushtaq (Rs. 20 lakh), Nandre Burger (Rs. 50 lakh).

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