The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League has come to an end and it definitely lived up to all the hype. The Rajasthan Royals team showed a lot of grit and determination throughout the season and gave a good account of themselves. Although, the season is now over, it does not necessarily mean that our association with our players are over. We will keep following them and wishing them well even when they are not donning our favourite blue jersey of the Rajasthan Royals.
Some of the Royals are now representing their national teams while other are gearing up for the various domestic tournaments around the world. The following are individuals from our team who have been in the news for good reasons:
The news of our captain Ajinkya Rahane being appointed the stand in captain of the Indian national side is bound to bring happiness to all the Rajasthan Royals fans this week. His astute captaincy, innovative thinking and clever bowling changes were instrumental in the Royals qualifying for playoffs. He also looked in great touch with the bat throughout the season. Hence, he will look forward to continue the good work for India in the historic one-off test match against Afghanistan. It will be interesting see as to what strategy he and the team management adopts to keep the Afghan spinners at bay. We all will definitely be hooked to the match as we hope Rahane continues his 100% test match winning record as captain for the Indian test team. Here is wishing Ajinkya all the best!
Buttler Continues His Good Form
Jos Buttler was definitely the standout batsman for the Rajasthan Royals team in this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League. His power and innovative shots made this year’s IPL richer while making all the RR fans extremely happy. However, away from the fast-paced format of the IPL, Jos Buttler continued his good form with the bat in the longest format of the game at the home of cricket, Lords, against a potent Pakistani bowling attack. On a pitch on which most of his teammates struggled, Buttler played a patient and mature knock. He scored 67 runs off 138 balls in a bid to salvage an unlikely draw for England.
Jos Buttler once again proved to be effective in the 2nd test match at Headingley. He quick-fire knock of 80 off 101 balls proved to be crucial as England went on to crush Pakistan and level the series. His innings comprised of 11 fours and two sixes. This was a typical Jos Buttler innings that we know and love him for!
Ben Stokes Shines with the Ball
The first test between England and Pakistan at Lords, was not a memorable one for the hosts. However, one bright point for them was the performance of Royals’ Ben Stokes. The Pakistani batsmen looked set for a big score as they piled on the runs. It was Ben Stokes who broke who halted the charge of two batsmen who were looking well set for big scores. Stokes Shadab Khan (52) and Asad Shafiq (59), both of whom had completed their half centuries. Stokes also removed, Pakistani captain and one of their premier batsmen Sarfaraz Ahmed. Owing to this fine bowling display by Ben, England were able restrict Pakistan to a score below 400.
Unfortunately, Stokes suffered a hamstring injury prior to the second test match. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him hitting big sixes and taking more wickets soon.
India A Call Up for Krishnappa Gowtham
Krishnappa Gowtham has had a magical last 12 months or so for the Karnataka and the Rajasthan Royals team. His form has been sublime with the ball. As a reward for his consistent performance he has been given a spot in the upcoming India A’s tour of England. It will be a massive opportunity for the youngster as this exposure will be a challenge due to the pace friendly pitches and duke balls in England. All the Rajasthan Royal and India fans would be hoping that Krishnappa Gowtham passes this test with flying colours. Halla Bol!