“It’s a team which surprises a lot” – Sunil Gavaskar on Rajasthan Royals’ IPL 2024 chances

While playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sunil Gavaskar believes that the Rajasthan Royals (RR) are able to surprise a few teams with their batting strength.

In the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Royals, who had previously established themselves as the winners of the tournament, came in second place, behind the Gujarat Titans (GT). As a result of the Mumbai Indians (MI), they were able to secure the final playoff qualification spot in the previous season.

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Sunil Gavaskar on Rajasthan Royals IPL 2024
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In the course of a conversation on Star Sports, Gavaskar was questioned about the signings that the Rajasthan Royals have made in preparation for the Indian Premier League 2024. It was his response:

“I think they have made up for the releases. I don’t think that they have added anything more, though the kind of progress that Nandre Burger has made will give optimism for the Rajasthan supporters because he brings the left-handed variety also to the attack.”

“I think it’s a team which surprises a lot of people because their batting is one of the finest in the competition. At the top, you have got Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler, left and right-hand combination,” the former India captain added.

If their top order of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson demonstrates consistent performance, Gavaskar believes that RR would be a difficult team to defeat. According to him:

“There is Sanju Samson, who comes in as well. These three players can take the attack apart anytime and if they do that on a consistent basis, then the Rajasthan Royals, whether they are chasing or whether they are setting targets, will be difficult to beat.”

Buttler scored 392 runs, Jaiswal scored 625 runs, and Samson scored 362 runs for the Royals during the 2023 Indian Premier League season. While the franchise based in Jaipur will anticipate that Jaiswal will have a performance comparable to that of the previous season, they will be hoping that Buttler and Samson will provide a more impressive account of themselves.

Sunil Gavaskar comments on Shimron Hetmyer’s ability to finish for the Rajasthan Royals, saying, “Once he gets going, it’s hard to stop him.”

Shimron Hetmyer is a great finisher for the Rajasthan Royals, according to Sunil Gavaskar, who mentioned that the team had this player. To elaborate, he said:

Shimron Hetmyer
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It would appear that they had their batting under control. The ideal finisher is Shimron Hetmyer, who bats at No. 5 because he can blast the ball away on any ground, and once he gets going, it is difficult to stop him from finishing things off. Their bowling is not quite as strong as their batting, which is without a doubt their greatest strength.

By purchasing Rovman Powell in the auction for a price of ₹7.40 crore, the Royals were able to significantly enrich their middle order. They also purchased Shubham Dubey, a domestic middle-order hitter who is known for his powerful hitting, for a total of ₹5.80 crore.

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