Right from the World Cup, until now, the Royals have been on a mega roll. Across formats, we have witnessed stand-out performances by members of the Rajasthan Royals family. Let’s relive some of the key performances by our boys over the last few days or so.
Steve Smith, 211 vs England, 4th Ashes Test
We had to start with him, there was no other way. We couldn’t even wait for the Test to finish before writing about this masterclass. Steve Smith was returning from a concussion-related injury, one he suffered in the second Test, at the hands of a fellow Royal.
Not for a moment did it look like he was out of place. He did receive a couple of reprieves, but he did make all of them count, and how! Smith toyed with the English bowling after got to three figures, and converted it into a double century pretty quickly. Having played just 3 Test matches since his return to international cricket, he has already risen to number 1 in the ICC rankings for top Test batsmen. Additionally, he also has the most Test runs to his name in 2019. This man is an unstoppable genius.
Ajinkya Rahane: 64* vs West Indies, 2nd Test
Now that the century was in the bag, shots started looking sublime off Ajinkya Rahane’s bat. India were in a dominating position and were looking to set a target for the Windies. He partnered with centurion from the first innings, Hanuma Vihari and extended India’s lead to well beyond 400 runs.
India’s vice-captain had a good outing in the two Tests in the Caribbean. He broke into the top 10 of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen, moving up to number 7. Only Rajasthan Royals have two members from an IPL team in the top 10.
Jaydev Unadkat: 4/83, Duleep Trophy final
Jaydev Unadkat continues to impress the moment he receives an opportunity. He was the frontline seamer for India Red who were bowling first against India Green. The left-arm pacer started proceedings by dismissing Faiz Fazal, the opposition captain and then a couple of key wickets to break through the middle-order. JD finished with 4 wickets in the innings.
Mahipal Lomror: 126 vs India Green, Duleep Trophy
Mahipal Lomror has always been known to be the man with a lot of promise. From time to time, he has put in impressive performances and made heads turn. Playing for India Red, Lomror came in at 171/3. A few overs later, India Red lost their fourth wicket too. Batting second, they were looking to go past 440. Lomror got his eye In by getting off to a cautious start. He then took over the domination role to take the total beyond 300. His knock helped India Red post one run more than India Green.
Sanju Samson: 91 off 48, India A vs South Africa A
Haven’t we all been waiting for this man to get his chances in blue? Well, he did receive a couple of opportunities. There wasn’t much he could do during the first one, but when he walked out to bat during the fifth unofficial ODI against South Africa, he reminded the world what he is capable of.
Samson blasted 91 runs off just 48 balls. And guess what! He hit more sixes than fours, 7 and 6, respectively. The South Africa A bowling was taken apart in what was a reduced game, 20-overs-a-side. The ball disappeared to all parts of the Thiruvananthapuram ground.
With the amount of cricket in the pipeline, we can only hope for this purple patch to stick with our boys. We can then call it the Royal Patch.