The Indian Premier League (IPL) may be over 40 days away, but the Rajasthan Royals’ players are already getting into the thick of things. The best part about the IPL pre-season is that our players get to play adequate amount of cricket in the lead up to the season. Over the last week or so, some of our Royals have made headlines in different tournaments around the world!
Ajinkya Rahane: 150 runs in 3 games for India A
Ajinkya Rahane has been in prime form for India A. Captaining the side against England Lions, Jinks scored 59 in the first game and 91 in the second; India A won both the matches. Rahane averaged 50 in the three games and led from the front with finesse. He will be looking to string in some more big scores in the upcoming First Class matches against the England Lions.
Jofra Archer: 4-0-28-2 for Hobart Hurricanes
While Hobart Hurricanes have been going berserk with the bat, Jofra Archer has been leading the attack for them efficiently. In their clash against Brisbane Heat, Archer got into the act pretty early, with the ball, but in the deep. Keeping himself well composed, Archer took a fine catch at the edge of the boundary. Like most modern-day fielders, he flicked the ball in the air, crossed the ropes, got back in and completed the catch.
Heat suffered further setbacks at Archer’s hands in the fifth over. He dismissed the dangerous Chris Lynn and Matthew Renshaw off consecutive balls to leave Heat reeling on 27/3. The Rajasthan Royals superstar finished with 2/28 and made the job easy for the Hurricanes batsmen.
Ashton Turner: 69 off 42 for Perth Scorchers
Ashton Turner brought up his third half-century of this Big Bash season. The hard-hitting batsman got back among the runs with a 42-ball 69 that helped the Scorchers to 182. Turner paced his innings to perfection. He got his eye in before he cut loose, racing to his fifty with 6,4 and 6 off Marcus Stoinis. Turner has played some brutal knocks for the Scorchers this season, and we can’t wait to have him in the Rajasthan Royals camp for the IPL.
Jaydev Unadkat: 4/56 & 3/35 for Saurashtra
Jaydev Unadkat has taken to captaincy like a duck to water. He has shouldered the responsibility very well and his bowling seems to have only gotten better. In the first innings of the semi-final, Unadkat cleaned up Karnataka’s top order and then got the vital wicket of their set skipper, Manish Pandey. Unadkat used the new ball to perfection, swinging it at will and causing a ton of troubles for the batsmen; he ended up with figures of 4/56.
In the second innings, didn’t need any external help during his 3/35, bowling two batsmen and trapping one right in front. The skipper led his team into the final with stellar performances in both the innings.
Shreyas Gopal: 87 & 61 for Karnataka
The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder was on song for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Saurashtra. Karnataka ended up on the losing side, but Gopal’s exploits with the bat helped his team resurrect their innings on both occasions. In the first innings, Gopal scored his eighth First Class half-century, scoring a watchful 87. He was utterly disappointed when he got bowled with a century in sight. In the second innings, Gopal ensured that Karnataka set a competitive target for Saurashtra with a well-compiled 61. His team may have lost, but Gopal ended his run in the season with 527 runs at 34.93 and 32 wickets, proving to be Karnataka’s chief all-rounder.
There is more cricket and some key announcements to be made in the coming week. Be sure to keep a close eye on all the Rajasthan Royals players in action and follow us on social media to be the first to hear from us.