Rajasthan Royals Team

Rajasthan Royals Team

Rajasthan Royals Team Squad for IPL 2014

Shane Watson

Watson's relationship with the Rajasthan Royals dates back to IPL 2008 which also helped him make an improbable comeback to international cricket. After being sidelined due to injuries, Watson decided to join the Royals and emerged the Player of the Tournament in the first edition of the tournament. Also known as ‘Watto', he is an attacking batsman with a solid defense. An athletic fielder and a medium-pacer he can swing the ball and pick up useful wickets. The all-rounder has always played a crucial role in the Rajasthan Royals' fortunes and in the absence of Rahul Dravid on the field he will play an even greater role in 2014 as the captain of the team.>read more

Stuart Binny

An all-rounder, Stuart Binny has played a crucial role in RR's fortunes, especially in the 2013 season. Primarily a hard-hitting batsman, he has proved that he has the temperament, technique and survival skills to suit all formats of the game. A right-hand batsman and medium-pacer from Karnataka, Stuart also has the experience of leading his state side in the domestic circuit. Along with being the leading run-scorer for Karnataka in 2011-12, Binny also claimed his maiden 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket during the season. He carried his form into the IPL 2013 which led to a call-up into the national side as well.>read more

James Faulkner

The Tasmanian all-rounder has the ability to change the game around with the bat or the ball. Having earned the reputation of winning games from improbable situations for Australia, the left-arm pacer has consistently picked up key wickets too. Also known as ‘Jimmy', he is said to be a lively character and keeps the spirits up in the dressing room. He was part of the Pune Warriors India set-up in IPL 2011, and turned out for the Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2012 before being inducted into the Rajasthan Royals since IPL 2013.>read more

Ajinkya Rahane

A solid opening batsman when he first began, Ajinkya Rahane now bats at No.3 for Mumbai and in the middle-order for India. The 25-year old continues to open for his IPL franchise and is the mainstay of their batting lineup. Changing batting positions hasn't affected Rahane one bit, and he still goes about piling big scores on a regular basis for the various teams that he represents. With a solid technique and sound temperament, he proved his mettle at the international stage on India's tours to South Africa and New Zealand recently. After being the leading run-getter for RR in IPL 2012, he was the highest run-getter in CLT20 2013. He also hit an unbeaten century in the shortest format of the game.>read more

Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson is one of the backup wicketkeeper-batsmen for the Rajasthan Royals. The youngster, who represents Kerala in domestic cricket, scored prolifically for the national Under-19 side in the 2013-14 season. He posted a vital century in the U19 Asia Cup in January 2014 against Pakistan. Batting in the middle-order he has shown the temperament to adapt to various situations and conditions. His performances in IPL and CLT20 2013 meant that he was retained by the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2014 auctions.>read more

Steve Smith

A gritty stroke-maker, more than decent leg-spinner and an acrobatic fielder, Steven Smith is no stranger to the Indian Premier League. After representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2010, he was taken by the Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011, but had to give the tournament a miss due to an ankle injury. He then moved to Pune Warriors India in 2012 and will be seen in RR's blues in the 2014 season. From being touted as the next Shane Warne to emerging as the most promising genuine spin-bowling all-rounder of his country, Steven Smith has captured the imagination of cricket-lovers everywhere. A stocky blonde leg-spinner who deceives the batsman with flight and loop, he is also a hard-hitting batsman who can keep his place in a limited-overs team on batting merit alone. In 2010, Smith made his international debut in all three formats and has evolved since. Smith, who represents the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, is a valuable all-rounder for all the teams he plays for.>read more

Brad Hodge

The Aussie is among the most experienced players and a prolific run-getter in the Twenty20 format. A hard-hitting batsman, the senior Victorian cricketer has an impressive domestic record with over 17,000 runs in first-class cricket and close to 10,000 runs in List A. Despite retiring from first-class and one-day cricket, Hodge continues to play Twenty20 cricket and scores runs just like he's done all through his long career. The veteran cricketer was called up to represent the national side in the World T20 in 2014. Formerly of Kolkata Knight Riders, he was included in the Rajasthan Royals rooster in IPL 2012. He brings with him invaluable experience and strengthens the middle-order.>read more

Rajat Bhatia

Inducted into the RR side in the 2014 season, Rajat Bhatia adds to the list of all-rounders in the team from Jaipur. Representing Delhi in the domestic circuit, Bhatia has also played for Tamil Nadu with distinction. Besides claiming over 5,000 runs and 100 wickets in first-class cricket, Bhatia also has a unbeaten century against his name in the shortest format of the game. Formerly representing the Kolkata Knight Riders, Bhatia's experience and ability to read the game will come in handy for the Royals franchise.>read more

Tim Southee

The New Zealand fast bowler will be making his IPL debut in 2014 when he dons the RR blues in the seventh edition of the tournament. The spearhead of the Blackcaps' attack had the Indian batsmen on a tight leash during India's tour to NZ earlier in 2014. With the ability to combine pace and swing, he is a lethal weapon in any team's armoury. Southee, who has proven his skills with both red and white balls, is useful with the bat as well. A consistent performer for his country, Southee has received high praise from Allan Donald. He will be one to watch out for in IPL 2014.>read more

Abhishek Nayar

Abhishek Nayar, a Mumbai lad, recently received the Lala Amarnath Award, given to the best all-rounder of India's domestic season, for his fine performance in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy. With an ability to give his team breakthroughs at crucial junctures and piling runs on the board, Nayar was Mumbai's go to man in the season. A hard-hitting left-hand batsman and a handy right-arm medium-pacer, he played for the Mumbai Indians in the first three seasons of the IPL. He was then roped in by the Kings XI Punjab in 2011 and then by the Pune Warriors India at the 2013 IPL Player Auction for USD 675,000, which was the highest bid for an Indian player at the event. In the 2014 season he was bagged by the Rajasthan Royals..>read more

Kane Richardson

23-year-old Kane Richardson is another one of several young talented pacers to emerge from Australia in recent times. This South Australia native made his first-class debut during the 2010-11 season and has represented the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. Signed by the Pune Warriors India for IPL 2013, he had the opportunity to sharpen his skills with the legendary Allan Donald. Inducted into the RR side in the 2014 auction, he will be looking to put his best foot forward for the Jaipur franchise. >read more

Ben Cutting

The Australian fast bowler was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the 2014 IPL auction. The paceman who made his international debut in January 2013, will be looking forward to his IPL debut in the seventh edition of the tournament. The quick bowler has the ability to rattle the batsman with his bouncers and can add useful runs with the bat.>read more

Karun Nair

This Rajasthan-born batsman, who bats for Karnataka in the domestic circuit, was bought by the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2014 season. A technically sound right-handed batsman with a good temperament, Nair represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2012. The batsman scored three centuries from six matches for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 season, including a sparkling 151 not out in the semi-final. The middle-order batsman will strengthen the RR batting lineup. >read more

Unmukt Chand

A prolific run-getter from Delhi, Unmukt Chand led India to the ICC Under-19 World Cup title in 2012. The right-hand batsman made headlines when he scored 151 against Railways in the Ranji Trophy as a 17-year-old. A cricketer with a calm temperament, he is a big match player and has a knack for coming up with big scores in crucial situations. Chand was one of the top two scorers for his state side in his maiden first-class season, aggregating 400 runs in five matches at an impressive average of 57.14. He played a crucial innings in DD's win over KKR in CLT20, 2012. He was signed by the Delhi Daredevils prior to IPL 2011 and picked up by Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2014 edition of the IPL. >read more

Iqbal Abdulla

A left-handed all-rounder who bowls orthodox spin, Iqbal Abdulla has represented Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and has also played for India Greens in the Challenger Trophy. His 10 wickets at 13 apiece played an important role in India U-19 team winning the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. He is a talented lower middle-order batsman and an athletic fielder. He won the Emerging Player of the Year award for his performance in IPL 2011 when he bagged 16 wickets. Abdullah also won the Man of the Series award while playing for India A during the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia in 2011. Although he got limited opportunities in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 season, the diminutive bowler captured 11 victims in the must-win match against Gujarat to help Mumbai qualify for the knock-outs. Having spent the previous seasons with the Kolkata Knight Riders, the spinner will be seen in the Royals' jersey in 2014.>read more

Deepak Hooda

A key performer for the India Under 19 side in recent times, Deepak Hooda will be making his Indian Premier League debut with the Rajasthan Royals. The off-spinner was born in Rohtak, Haryana but plays his domestic cricket for Baroda. He claimed five for 41 in India U19s' opening match of the ICC CWC 2014 to bowl the team to victory. He has also represented his state side in the shortest format of the game.>read more

Dishant Yagnik

A wicketkeeper-batsman from Rajasthan, Yagnik made his first-class debut in 2004-05, but fell out of the selectors' radar thereafter. However, after three seasons in the wilderness, Yagnik was recalled to the Rajasthan team and scored his maiden century in the Ranji Trophy. In Twenty20 cricket, Yagnik has been effective as an opening batsman. A lively character, he has also batted for RR in the middle-order and will continue with the Jaipur franchise.>read more

Vikramjeet Malik

Vikramjeet Malik is a right-arm medium pacer who plays for Himachal Pradesh. Although he has been playing domestic cricket for a decade now, it was only a couple of seasons ago that he got noticed. In the 2009-10 season, he picked up 32 wickets from seven matches and finished among the top four bowlers in the Ranji Trophy. He was part of Kings XI Punjab since IPL 2008 and signed up with Rajasthan Royals in 2013. The Jaipur franchise bought back ahead of the 2014 season. With figures of 4-0-24-3 in the CLT20 2013 opening game against the Mumbai Indians, Vikramjeet Malik made his mark in the shortest format of the game.>read more

Ankit Sharma

A left-arm orthodox spinner from Gwalior, Sharma plies his skills for Madhya Pradesh in India's domestic circuit. Primarily a left-arm spinner, Sharma has also made useful contributions with the bat at the No. 8 spot. After playing for the Deccan Chargers since IPL 2011 he was with the Sunrisers Hyderabad before being bagged by the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2014 season.>read more

Ankush Bains

The wicketkeeper batsman opens for the Under 19 national side and debuted for the Himachal Pradesh team late in 2013. He has been a useful performer for the Indian colts and will look to sharpen his skills with the Rajasthan Royals side. The youngster is set for his firstIndian Premier League experience this season..>read more

A Mishra

.The right-arm pacer from Uttar Pradesh made his first-class debut in 2013 when he represented his state in the Ranji Trophy. With 27 wickets from six matches he finished as UP's highest wicket taker in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season. He made people sit up and take notice when he picked seven for 59 against Rajasthan in Jaipur and bagged six for 106 against Karnataka in Bangalore. The pacer will be part of the IPL for the first time, donning the RR colours in 2014.>read more

Pravin Tambe

The 42-year-old spin all-rounder who has been plying his skills in the maidens of Mumbai became a sensation when he turned out for Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 season of the Indian Premier League. With 12 wickets from five matches he bagged the Golden Wicket award in CLT20 2013. From captaining the DY Patil Sports Academy B team in Navi Mumbai, he received a call up to the Mumbai Ranji team after making waves in T20. The club cricket veteran is a highly-regarded leg-spinner and a useful middle-order batsman.>read more

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