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Rajasthan Royals: The King of Cricket

Rajasthan Royals is a famous IPL franchise and a professional franchise cricket team known as the Kings of Cricket.

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Rajasthan Royals’ Introduction

Established in 2008, Rajasthan Royals was one of the eight franchises participating in the inaugural season of the IPL. The team has earned a reputation as one of the most successful teams in the league.

Under the leadership of Shane Warne, a legendary Australian spinner, the team made a huge impact in the world of cricket. They won the IPL title in the inaugural year, created a buzz and set high expectations for the upcoming seasons.

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Rise of Rajasthan Royals

In the following years, Rajasthan Royals continue to proved their abilities on the field. Players such as Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson and Shane Warne played important roles in the team’s success. However, they also endured some difficult seasons, finished bottom of the points table and failed to reach the playoffs.

Rajasthan Royals focused strongly on build a team with a good mix of experienced players and promise youngsters. Players like Rahul Dravid who brought a lot of experience and intelligence to the team.

Team success is not limited on individual performances. RR believe in the power of team spirit and solidarity, which is evident from their consistent performances. They play as a cohesive team, support and encourage each other on and off the field.

Their journey was not without challenges. During the 2013 season, Rajasthan Royals was faced match-fixing allegations involved a Pakistani player. However, the whole team tried to be resilient and overcome this defeat to continue pursuing glory.

Controversy: Accusation of match-fixing

During 6th Indian Premier League (IPL), the RR were hit with match-fixing allegations, sent a shockwaves across the cricket world. Three players of the team, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, were arrested by the Delhi Police for their involvement in match-fixing activities.

The match-fixing allegations have had a profound impact on the Rajasthan Royals, both on and off the field. The team had to cope with the loss of key players, included Sreesanth, who was banned from all cricket activities. The entire episode has come under close scrutiny, forced the RR management to act quickly to restore trust and credibility.

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Following the spot-fixing scandal, the RR took proactive measures to directly address the situation. The franchise has fully cooperated with authorities and conducted an internal investigation to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.

The team learned from the experience, making significant changes in their approach and team culture. The following seasons saw RR gradually regain their footing and regain the trust of fans and stakeholders.

Key Players

Shane Watson: One of the most iconic players in the history of Rajasthan Royals. Known for his explosive bat and bowl, Watson played a vital role in the team’s title-winning campaign in the first season of the IPL.

Sanju Samson: Sanju Samson has shown great consistency in his performances for RR. With his flair for the ball and the ability to score quickly, Samson is one of the team’s leading runners and a key player in the middle.

Jos Buttler: Known for his aggressive batting style and ability to score quick runs, Jos Buttler has been a game changer for RR.

Rahul Dravid: Although Rahul Dravid might not be a part of the squad in recent years, as a mentor and coach, Dravid played a vital role in sharping the team and nurture` young talent during his time with Rajasthan Royals.

Home ground

Royals’ home ground is Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The stadium was built during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. It is located at a corner of Rambagh Circle. The stadium has a seat capacity of 30,000 and is one of the best stadiums in India, after be renovated in 2006. Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad also hosted matches at home to the Rajasthan Royals.

The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur also banned from hosting matches for four years after two-year suspension of RR. It’s once again started hosting Royals’ home matches from the 2018 IPL season onwards.

Conclusion

Rajasthan Royals have firmly established themselves as the Kings of Cricket. With its rich history and stellar performances, this professional franchise cricket team has attracted a strong fan base and made a significant impact on the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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