IPL Auction 2021: With big purse, Rajasthan Royals could go for these three players to bolster their squad ahead of IPL 2021- Rajasthan Royals, after a bottom-placed finish in Indian Premier League 2020, released a bunch of players including their skipper Steve Smith. While they were expected to rejig the squad completely, they retained a bunch of big names ahead of the IPL Auction 2021.
But with a few seasons of disappointing campaigns, Royals will be eager to add some firepower to the squad in hopes to fight for the title once again. With Smith’s release, RR managed to save a lot of funds that could be used on other players. With Rs 37.85 crore, they will go into the squad, fighting for almost all the big names.
Retained Players: Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa (traded to CSK), Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye
Released Players: Steve Smith, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron
Dawid Malan (opener): With Smith gone and Robin Uthappa traded with CSK, Royals will need two top-order batsmen who could provide solidity in an innings. English opener, Dawid Malan would be the perfect player for their needs.
The English opener and the No 1 T20 batsman will be a central attraction at the IPL auction. With Rs 1.5 crore base price, Malan is expected to fetch big. But RR with a big purse of Rs 37.85 crore could go all in for Malan as they need a player of that position.
Alex Hales (opener): The second top-order/opening batsman that Royals could go after is Alex Hales. The Englishman batsman had a fantastic Big Bash League campaign, scoring 535 runs in 14 games. He is expected to fetch big money at the auction and Royals could involve in a bidding war to secure his services.
Jhye Richardson (Fast bowler):
After releasing Ankit Rajpoot and Varun Aaron, Royals will need to look for an overseas fast-bowler who could provide them with the wickets and partner Jofra Archer. Australia’s Jhye Richardson could be the one. The fast bowler who has returned to limited-overs cricket following an injury lay-off has been in fine form. In the Big Bash League, the 24-year-old bagged 29 wickets from 17 matches and could be the one Royals will go after.