Strengths of Rajasthan Royals: –
The Royals have been marred by the policies of the national teams to manage the workload of their players before the T20 World Cup. They are missing out on many of their marquee players. But this brings the limelight on local players. Their strength is their significant batting prowess. They have senior players like David Miller and Manan Vohra alongside their skipper Samson. Samson has had a great record at Sharjah and this adds to their strengths.
Their strength also includes pace bowling. It is a good mix of youth and experience. They have two boys from Gujarat, Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya. They also have the experience of Mustafizur. Kartik Tyagi provides the zing-fast pace. While the spin department is loaded with good leggies.
Weakness of Rajasthan Royals: –
The absence of their foreign seniors is going to harm the Royals. This has thrown open their overdependence on the overseas players. With the likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, and even Liam Livingstone expected to miss this leg, RR is in serious crisis. Though they have bought the World Number 1 spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, his inexperience in the IPL is evident.
Opportunities for Rajasthan Royals: –
The absence of the overseas arsenal brings several opportunities for the local Indian boys. Mahipal Lomror looked in good touch in the first leg and so did Riyan Parag. Apart from them, Yashasvi Jaiswal can make his mark on the global stage by making the most of this opportunity in absence of Jos Butler. Kartik Tyagi can fill in the shoes of Jofra Archer, while Shivam Dube seems a certain replacement for Sir Ben Stokes. If these players play according to the name associated with them and their price tag, they can sail this drowning ship.
Threats for Rajasthan Royals: –
The threats for the Royals are many. And the most significant being the on and off form of their reliable players. Players like Sanju are expected to contribute in every game but that has not been the case. Shivam Dube too needs to take more responsibility as he is a senior player now. The same is the case with David Miller. David has been in the circuit since the early 2010s but his best is yet to come. Jaydev Unadkat associates a lot of experience but has the habit of spraying the ball around.