The Royals are Warming Up for the Season in Style
The summer is fast approaching in India which means that it is once again time for another season of the Indian Premier League. In just under a month’s time the Rajasthan Royals will begin their campaign against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. It is a well-known fact that momentum plays a vital role in how the IPL teams do in their quest to win the championship. Any team which starts their campaign well has a major benefit as they look to seal the coveted playoff spots as soon as possible. Hence, it is needless to say that if the Royals are going to roar this season then the start will be crucial. Here, we will see how some of our young royals have performed recently and also track some of our international stars who are out on national duty.
Jaydev Unadkat Shines for India in Sri Lanka
India did not get off to the best of starts in the T20 tri-series, losing to Sri Lanka. However, Jaydev Unadkat helped the team storm back in the second T20 match against Bangladesh with a man of the match performance. He picked up three crucial wickets for India, thus playing a major role in restricting Bangladesh to a below par score of 139/8. He once again displayed great variety in his bowling which made him such a success in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League. The royal fans would be hoping for him to continue his good touch in the remainder of the series and start the IPL season in spectacular fashion.
Gowtham to the Rescue
When the 20-20 format was first introduced, many believed that it was the end of the spinners and they would have no role to play in this slam bam style of cricket. However, over the years, IPL and T20 cricket has unearthed many extraordinary spin talents who have not only managed to restrict the hard-hitting batsmen but also pick up wickets. IPL has seen the rise of spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin to Sunil Narine, Ravindra Jadeja to Praveen Tambe.
It gives the Royal fans great hope when they see a youngster like Krishnappa Gowtham do so well in the domestic circuit. He has been in great form throughout the season. To the delight of his and the Rajasthan Royals fans he continued his form in the Deodhar Trophy too. Although he has been consistent in all the matches of the tournament, his one standout performance was against India A where he produced match winning figures of 4/52. In a great exhibition of off-spin bowling Gowtham displayed excellent discipline and control to win the match for this side. Once the IPL begins we will be hoping for many more such spells from this youngster.
Another player in the Karnataka set up who has been instrumental in the success of the side this season is Shreyas Gopal. His leg break bowling has bamboozled batsmen across the country and come April the fans will be hoping that batsmen from different parts of the world too fall to his guile. He has been a figure of great consistency. Whenever, captain Karun Nair has wanted a breakthrough of a partnership he has always looked towards Shreyas Gopal. In the just concluded Deodhar trophy he continued to produce consistent performances in all the matches. His figures of 3/29, 2/22 and 2/55 shows how well he has matured as a bowler. It is not just his bowling which must be pleasing to the Rajasthan Royals fans and its team management, his batting too has improved a lot this season and it was evident in his cameo in the final match of the tournament where he played an attacking innings of 38 in just 22 balls. It was due to his efforts that Karnataka were able to register a fighting total in the match. Rajasthan Royals would be delighted if he could turn on the magic with the bat and the ball once the season commences.
Captain Smith Leads Australia to Victory
Our Captain Steve Smith has lead his troops to a convincing win over the Proteas in the first test match of the series. Not only did he lead his men well with his excellent strategies but he also played an important role with the bat, hitting a classy 56 runs. In the second innings, on a tricky pitch he played a crucial knock of 38 which helped the Aussies put on a match winning target. This target proved to be more than enough as the South Africans fell well short handing the Australians a 1-0 lead in the series.