While Samson has been impressive with his individual performances in the season (277 runs in seven innings at a strike-rate of 145.78), RR’s form remains as inconsistent as it has been ever since the title-winning inaugural season of the tournament in 2008. With three wins and four losses, Royals are currently fifth in the table.
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While Jofra Archer’s absence in the season had already weakened the bowling attack, Royals received further setbacks ahead of the resumption when their English duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler also pulled out of the season.
The franchise did rope in the world no.1 T20I spinner Tabraiz Shamsi ahead of the new season, but the Royals would require a heroic effort in all departments to secure a playoff spot this year.
The side will resume its campaign in IPL 2021 against Punjab Kings on September 21. This will be followed by matches against Delhi Capitals (September 25), Sunrisers Hyderabad (September 27), Royal Challengers Bangalore (September 29), Chennai Super Kings (October 2), Mumbai Indians (October 5) and Kolkata Knight Riders (October 7).
Rajasthan Royals (RR) squad
Sanju Samson (c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh, Glenn Phillips
|September 21||Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings||Dubai||7:30 PM|
|September 25||Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals||Abu Dhabi||3:30 PM|
|September 27||Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||Dubai||7:30 PM|
|September 29||Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||Dubai||7:30 PM|
|October 2||Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings||Abu Dhabi||7:30 PM|
|October 5||Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians||Sharjah||7:30 PM|
|October 7||Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Sharjah||7:30 PM|