With less than a month remaining for the 2019 edition of the IPL to commence, the Rajasthan Royals’ players are continuing to shine across domestic and international games. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is currently the most spoken about tournament in which the Royals have been of great significance to their teams.
Mahipal Lomror proving talismanic for Rajasthan against Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Meghalaya
In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Lomror entered at 7/2 and smashed an unbeaten 78 runs off 52 balls with a strike rate of 150 against Tamil Nadu. This was a huge contribution to Rajasthan who posted 181/4 and went on to win the match by 53 runs. He was the standout player across both teams as he scored a half century. Against Gujarat, he was thrown into a different situation as he scored a quick 17 runs off 13 balls as the match ended in a tie.
In the game against Meghalaya, Rajasthan lost their openers for just 19 runs following which Lomror steadied proceedings by scored 47 runs off 46 balls. His performance in the innings helped Rajasthan post a target of 138 which Meghalaya could not chase down. Rajasthan won the match by 72 runs after bowling out Meghalaya for 65 runs.
Jaydev Unadkat’s demonstrates true dynamism for Saurashtra against Madhya Pradesh and Punjab
In a match against Madhya Pradesh, Unadkat’s impressive bowling performance saw him concede just 19 runs in 4 overs in which he grabbed 3 wickets! His skillful bowling helped Saurashtra restrict Madhya Pradesh to just 138 in 20 overs, which they chased down with ease.
A couple of games later, Unadkat was keen to shine after Saurashtra’s loss against Railways and against Punjab, Saurashtra’s best bowler grabbed 3 wickets for 30 runs in his over 4 overs at to restricted Punjab to a score of just 122.. He picked up wickets of the top order batsmen, making it easier for his fellow bowlers of the team to capitalize. This unplanned yet improvised strategy helped Saurashtra chase down the total score with ease.
Dhawal Kulkarni - The third leading wicket taker of the tournament and why!
Kulkarni helped Mumbai in restricting Madhya Pradesh to 143 by conceding just 12 runs in his 4 overs and grabbed two wickets in three consecutive deliveries. His bowling encouraged Mumbai to chase down the target of 144 in just 16 overs, losing only two wickets. Kulkarni has 7 wickets in the tournament so far and is 3rd on the list of leading wicket takers, with his best score of 4/22 coming against Punjab.
Sudhesan Midhun’s powerful bowling helped Kerala beat Andhra Pradesh
Midhun grabbed two important middle order wickets reducing Andhra Pradesh’s pace and helping Kerala win by 8 runs. He ended the match with 2 wickets from 4 overs with an economy of 7.3.
Shreyas Gopal’s 5 wicket spell bowled out Arunachal Pradesh for 80 runs
Gopal’s debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy has been an epic one in which he picked up 5 wickets for just 11 runs from 3.4 overs at an economy of 3.0. His brilliant performance helped Karnataka bowl out Arunachal Pradesh for just 80 runs and secure a victory of 146 runs.
He followed his great performance by another superb one, this time against Mizoram, picking up 4 wickets for 8 runs in his 4 overs and powering Karnataka to a huge 137 runs win.
Top scorer Riyan Parag’s knock of 63 runs helped Assam beat Mizoram.
Top scorer Riyan Parag’s knock of 63 runs off 39 balls at a strike rate of 162 in Assam’s match against Mizoram helped the former post a total score of 201/4 in 20 overs. Mizoram could not chase down the score and ended the match at 70/6 from 20 overs. 17 year old Riyan seems to be in good form heading into the IPL
With the RR players raising the performance bar in the domestic circuit, fans of the Royals will be hoping for similar energetic and exciting performances from them in the upcoming IPL season. Halla Bol!