Rajasthan Royals

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Rajasthan Royals
राजस्थान रॉयल्स
Rajasthan Royals Logo.svg
Captain: Shane Watson
Coach: Paddy Upton
City: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Colors: RR
Founded: 2008
Home ground:
Indian Premier League wins: 1 (2008)
CLT20 wins 0
Official website: rajasthanroyals.com

Rajasthan Royals (Hindi: राजस्थान रॉयल्स) is a cricket franchise representing pink city Jaipur in the Indian Premier League.[1] The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced in September 2007 the establishment of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 competition to be started in 2008.[2] In January 2008, the BCCI unveiled the owners of eight city-based franchises. The team is one of the eight founding members of the IPL in 2008. The Jaipur franchise was sold to the Emerging Media for $67 million, making it the least expensive team in the league.[1] There is also no Icon Player in the team. It is currently captained by the Australian all rounder Shane Watson and coached by Paddy Upton. They won first edition of IPL under the captaincy of former Australian spinner Shane Warne.[3]

While other teams in the IPL have famous players, the Royals has a tradition of unearthing exciting talent.[4] Royals has a history of picking non-flashy, uncapped players. Royals do not compete rupee for rupee with the bigger, more financially powerful franchises. So they hunt for bargains and do it better than any other team in the league.[5] They have always put emphasis on buying players at cut-throat prices while picking unknown talent of all ages and backing them.[6] The team often considered as the under-dogs, is best at stunning the oppositions. The young boys who are coached and mentored under the brilliance of Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid, make it a point to make their presence felt, whenever they get an opportunity.

The highlight of this franchise, is the way they promote all sorts of players despite their age and experience. You can be 18 or you can be 40. If the team thinks you can do the job for them, you get a shot. Ravindra Jadeja was a teenage star back in 2008 like Sanju Samson is a teenage star today. Pravin Tambe isn’t the only bowler in his 40s to turn his arm over for the franchise either. Former Australia international Brad Hogg might have significantly more impressive credentials than Tambe, but it wasn’t like other franchises were queuing up at his door begging him to sign on the dotted line.[5] And Tambe repaid team's faith when he took hat-trick in 2 legal deliveries.[7][8]

While 19-year-old Sanju Samson seems to be the brightest youngster in the tournament, 42-year-old Pravin Tambe grabbed the opportunity with both hands when he got to play a few matches IPL season 2013. Tambe not only impressed the best of experts with his variations, but also touched the hearts of the cricket fans through his journey to the Rajasthan squad.[9] All of which makes Rajasthan a true meritocracy. They take risks where other teams might be more cautious or more inclined to play a big name over an unknown. There has also been a concerted effort to create a family-like atmosphere in the dressing room, so everyone pulls for everyone else, whether they are playing or not. Rajasthan are not a team of stars; they are simply a team. This approach has allowed the franchise to create its own unique culture within the IPL.[5]

The list of players who have shot to prominence with Royals is a fairly long one. There were Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan in the first few seasons. It was their IPL success with Rajasthan that led to selection for India. Yusuf even has a World Cup winning medal as a result. Over the last few seasons, it has been the likes of Sanju Samson, Pravin Tambe, Kevon Cooper, James Faulkner, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg who have taken on the baton and kept Rajasthan in the IPL conversation every year.Even the now-disgraced Ajit Chandila was a find back in 2012, and was an important part of their bowling attack in 2013.[5]

They are often termed as the Moneyball team of IPL.[10][11][12] Shane Watson[13] is the leading run-getter of the team while Siddharth Trivedi[14] is the leading wicket-taker.

Franchise history[edit]

The Rajasthan Royals franchise is owned and chaired by Manoj Badale. Other investors include Ryan Tkalcevic, Lachlan Murdoch, Aditya S Chellaram, Shilpa Shetty and Suresh Chellaram. The Group acquired the franchise for $67million.[15] Incidentally, this was the least expensive franchise in the Indian Premier League and probably the least fancied team in the league at the beginning of the tournament. Bollywood actress and Celebrity Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty and her business partner (now husband) Raj Kundra paid approximately US $15.4 million for an 11.7% stake before the start of IPL 2 in early 2009, therefore valuing the team at $132 million.[16] It made a pre-tax profit of $7.5 million in 2009.[17]

Team anthem and mascot[edit]

The team's mascot is a lion named Moochu.[18]
The team anthem is 'Halla Bol'. In the first IPL season the song was sung by Ila Arun.[19] While in second season, it was sung by huudiya.[20]

2008 IPL season[edit]

Prior to the start of the inaugural IPL season, many considered the Royals as possibly the weakest team in the IPL, giving them little chance of competing well in the tournament.[18] Evidence of the latter opinion seemed to be confirmed when the team lost its first match against the Delhi Daredevils in a 9 wicket loss.[21] The fears were confirmed that the team was likely to struggle, but who would have ever though that this was the beginning of a new dawn for the team? But this team believed in writing their own script and there was something about their style of cricket, perhaps the simple attitude with which they approached the game. This simplicity was bought about largely by Warne’s captaincy, as he never had the fear to lose and was always calm in dealing with his players and pressure situations.[22]

In their first home game ever at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, they played against the Kings XI Punjab and won by 6 wickets as Shane Watson was declared the man of the match for his unbeaten 76 off 49 balls in what was a successful run chase. That was followed by a crucial 3 wicket win against one of the favourites to win the competition, Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad. The victory proved to be a huge morale booster for the side since this was their first away win and second successful run chase on the trot, as Yusuf Pathan made a name for himself with his first man of the match award for his bowling figures of 2/20 in 4 overs and a 28-ball 61.

Watson almost replicated Yusuf’s all-round performance in the following match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore as another run chase was completed. In the 7 wicket victory, ‘Watto’ picked 2/20 in 4 overs and smashed 61 not out off 41 balls. Their next game was another crucial one, against the Kolkata Knight Riders at home and Rajasthan won convincingly by 45 runs as the diminutive opener from Goa, Swapnil Asnodkar received his first man of the match award for a fine knock of 60 off just 34 balls.

They also managed to defeat the Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur, as Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir continued to show his red hot bowling form in the game, picking 6 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs, winning the man of the match award for the same. But a minor hiccup followed, as they were thrashed by 7 wickets by the unpredictable Mumbai Indians in Navi Mumbai.

However the Royals won their next game by defeating the Kings XI Punjab and continued to win the next five games in a row. The Royals built up an impressive 11–3 record after their fourteen preliminary round matches; this included a consecutive 5-game and 6-game winning streak with an undefeated record on their home ground and a spot at the top of the points table. They were also the first team to book a place in the semifinals with their 65 run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Deccan Chargers were denied their first victory against the Rajasthan Royals, once again due to the burly Yusuf Pathan, who won his second man of the match award for his 37-ball 68 as Rajasthan prevailed by 8 wickets at home. There were two more home games on the trot, as the Delhi Daredevils were beaten this time by 3 wickets with Watto again performing his all-round magic to bewilder the opposition, as he ended with 2/21 in 4 overs and hit a 40-ball 74 to guide the chase adequately enough in the end. Whereas, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were thrashed by 65 runs, as South Africa’s captain Graeme Smith won the man of the match award for his unbeaten 49-ball 75.

Their next challenge was to conquer the nerves which can be developed when playing at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. But the home team was given a proper thumping by Yusuf Pathan who hammered an unbeaten 48 off just 18 balls, and backed it with bowling figures of 1/14 in 2 overs as Rajasthan Royals won by 6 wickets. They were however, given a tough fight by the Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in their 10-run victory.

Followed by which, their last home game of the season was against the Mumbai Indians and Warne’s boys ensured that they remained at the top of the points table in the conclusion of the round robin stage, with a 5-wicket win as Tanvir once again was devastating, picking 4/14 in his 4 overs. They did lose to the Kings XI Punjab in the final round robin game, but easily made it to the semifinals and Sohail Tanvir won the first ever Purple Cap in IPL history, for taking the most number of wickets in the tournament.

Shane Warne's captaincy and simultaneous coaching was praised and well received by everyone,[23][24] including opposition teams.[25] In addition, many players of the Royals team had consistently played well.Their semifinal was against the Delhi Daredevils in Mumbai, which was expected to be a tough contest for them. Yet, Delhi were walloped by 105 runs as Watto made this a one-sided contest following his 29-ball 52 and 3/10 in 3 overs, hence continuing his purple patch in the competition and assuring a place for Rajasthan in the final against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the same city.

The final was a cliffhanger, which was ideal to end the first ever IPL tournament. Chennai could play their best possible to attempt stopping an in-form Rajasthan Royals. Although their team total after 20 overs was around 150, they took the match till the final ball until appropriately. With the scores level with one ball remaining, it was their bowling hero Sohail Tanvir who hit the winning runs to ensure that Rajasthan were crowned the champions of the first season of the IPL, making history in the process. Yusuf Pathan was declared the man of the match in the final as well, for his figures of 3/22 in 4 overs and 56 runs and thus became a household name ever since, beating the popularity of his younger brother Irfan Pathan and going on to represent India in the shorter formats of the game.[26]

The all-rounder Shane Watson won the man of the tournament award for scoring as many as 472 runs and picking 17 wickets. This was able to make him cement his spot in all formats of the game in the Australian team, and has now become one of the most valuable T20 players in world cricket. It was an incredible victory for an underdog team which had inexperienced, young Indian cricketers mostly who could mainly speak in their mother tongues, which Warne could not understand. Yet, he was able to unite them speaking only one language, CRICKET. This is why he is considered a legend till date irrespective of his off-field antics and his leadership is one of the success stories of the tournament and corporate do use him as an example to determine the cultural quotient of their firms. Rajasthan Royals qualified for the Champions League T20 that year, but the event was cancelled on the account of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.The Rajasthan Royals became the winner of the first IPL tournament, when they defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets in the final played on 1 June 2008. With the scores level with one ball remaining, Sohail Tanvir scored the winning run and therefore prevented the match from being decided on a bowl out.[26]

Each player and representative on the team was awarded a medal and the team was presented with the DLF Indian Premier League trophy along with a cheque for US$ 1.2 million prize money. Many of the Royals' players also took home individual awards for their performance during the tournament; Yusuf Pathan claimed the Man of the Match award for the final match, Sohail Tanvir finished the tournament in possession of the Purple Cap (the IPL's leading wicket taker) and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was declared the Man of the Series.

2009 IPL season[edit]

The Royals came into the tournament in South Africa as the defending champions, but not one of the favourites since Sohail Tanvir was ineligible to play for the team due to the ban imposed by the BCCI on Pakistani players playing in the competition. As well as the fact that Shane Watson, their star player last time around was unavailable for the whole season as Australia featured in an ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE. Without these two, the team looked slightly weaker than the previous season and players such as the countryman Graeme Smith, fiery pacer Shaun Tait and the aging ‘Fuhrer’ Shane Warne had to be relied on.[27]

Rajasthan began their 2009 campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore solemnly. They were bowled out for the lowest ever total in the history of the IPL, a paltry 58 as they were thrashed by 75 runs in Newlands, Cape Town by the Kevin Pietersen-led side. They made a short trip to Durban to play the Mumbai Indians but that match was washed out due to rain, which made Rajasthan go at the bottom of the points table at that stage.

But on their return to Cape Town, they faced the Kolkata Knight Riders in a match which went to the Super Over, and Rajasthan were only able to win due to Yusuf Pathan’s onslaught off the bowling of Ajantha Mendis, knocking off the required 17 runs in just 4 balls. At the same ground although, they were defeated by the Kings XI Punjab by 27 runs.

Yusuf again played a blinder of an innings, an unbeaten 30-ball 62 to help Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils yet again, by 5 wickets. But the team that they met in the final last season, Chennai Super Kings was too good for them in their first clash of the season in Pretoria where Chennai won by 38 runs.

However, Yusuf was at his all-round best as the Royals beat the Deccan Chargers by 3 wickets as he bowled well in his 4 overs, with figures of 1/19 and contributing 24 runs off 17 balls. They also were able to hammer Kings XI Punjab by 78 runs in their return match in Durban as Graeme Smith made the decibel levels on the ground increase with his 44-ball 77. Whereas, they took their revenge against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, prevailing by 7 wickets as the team rode on the unknown Indian pacer, Amit Singh’s spell of 4/19 in 4 overs. Then disaster struck. They lost yet another contest to the Chennai Super Kings, by 7 wickets and Deccan Chargers posted their first win against the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, by a massive margin of 53 runs. The Royals managed to shut out the Mumbai Indians by a mere 2 runs due to Warne’s brilliance but were knocked out of the tournament with back-to-back defeats to the Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs and the bottom-ranked Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets.

Seven players were dropped from the team and they were sent back to home. These players were - Mohammed Kaif, Dinesh Salunkhe, Paras Dogra, Anup Revandkar, Srideep Mangela, Ashraf Makda and Azhar Malik.[28]

Rajasthan Royals ended 6th out of the 8 teams in the competition, winning 6 matches out of the 14 they played. The Royals failed to make it to the semifinals after losing their last two matches against Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. It was a disappointing finish for Warne’s boys, who had won many hearts with their 2008 performance.[29]

British Asian Cup[edit]

On 14 May 2009 it was announced that Rajasthan Royals would meet Middlesex Crusaders in a one-off Twenty20 for the British Asian Cup. It was the first time that an annual charity series to be played between the Twenty20 champions of the two countries. The match took place on 6 July 2009. The Squads were announced on 3 July 2009 with Rajasthan Royals included Mohammad Kaif and also saw a comeback of Sohail Tanvir. The match was won by Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs after scoring 162/5 in 20 overs and successfully defending it by 46 runs (Middlesex 116/7). The MoM was Dimitri Mascarenhas.[30]

2010 IPL season[edit]

The Royals were back in India after their average outing in South Africa. This time they seemed to be a better outfit as they were to play in conditions which should have suited them the most. But they had to suffer an unfortunate start to the competition, with a narrow 4 run defeat to the Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The highlight of this match though, was Yusuf Pathan hitting the fastest ever hundred in IPL history, off only 37 balls! Even some of the Mumbai fans were disappointed not to see Rajasthan win, by the end of it all.[22]

They went on to lose to the Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets on one of their new ‘home’ grounds, Ahmedabad. And were again bruised badly by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who won by 10 wickets. The team remained inconsistent throughout the whole season, winning their next four matches consecutively. One of the young Turks of the erstwhile ICL, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala impressed against the franchise representing his home state, Kolkata Knight Riders as his 36-ball 45 helped the Royals win by 34 runs.

Followed by which the Western Australian batsman Adam Voges hit 45 runs off 24 balls to help Rajasthan beat Punjab in Mohali by 31 runs. The team seemed to have adapted to the Ahmedabad conditions better with wins against Deccan Chargers by 8 wickets as Yusuf Pathan continued his good form against the team, while they beat Chennai Super Kings by 17 runs courtesy wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha’s 49-ball 80. But they lost against Chennai in their return clash as Murali Vijay’s hundred took the game away from them as well as were crushed in Delhi by 67 runs. But they managed to escape a Deccan Chargers attack, with a narrow 2 run victory in Nagpur and continued their unbeaten run in Jaipur though, as the out of sorts Kings XI Punjab were duly beaten by 9 wickets with English opener Michael Lumb winning the man of the match award for his 43-ball 83.

Once again, Rajasthan Royals ended the tournament miserably with losses to Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore at home, and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last round robin game in Kolkata. Consequently, they failed to make it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season as they finished 7th out of the 8 teams in the competition, winning 6 games out of 14 played.[22]

2011 IPL season[edit]

The Rajasthan Royals, and the Kings XI Punjab were temporarily ejected from the league due to issues with their unreported ownership changes. The teams were reinstated with involvement from the High Court.[31] Their owners were broken into several legal entities when the BCCI required the incorporation of the companies.[32][33] Kochi was also at risk of ejection for the same reasons before BCCI cleared their new ownership pattern for the tournament.[34]

The team management decided to retain the Australian duo of Shane Warne and Shane Watson for the following three seasons of the IPL, although Warne’s future continued to be uncertain. Yet, he decided to make this his final season for the Rajasthan Royals on the insistence of the team owners who felt that he was the ultimate source of inspiration for the team on and off the field. In the auction, the team’s funds were reduced since they were penalized by the BCCI in 2010 and as a result, had to pay a certain amount of bank guarantee as fixed by the High Court. But they possessed an adequate amount of money to buy some of the world’s finest T20 players, which they did not exactly.

They managed to buy back Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait for $USD 300,000 as well as South African bowling all-rounder Johan Botha for $USD 950,000. The other star players which they picked were New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for $USD 1 million as well as ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid for half that price. England’s World T20 2010 winning skipper Paul Collingwood was also purchased for a mere $USD 250,000. The other players were mostly from the domestic circuits, but were confident individuals following Rajasthan winning the Ranji Trophy that year.

Rajasthan Royals began the IPL 2011 in grand fashion, beating the Kumar Sangakkara-led Deccan Chargers by 8 wickets, with the young Indian pacer Siddharth Trivedi adjudged the man of the match for his spell of 3/15 and the Royals continued their fine record against the Chargers. While Shane Warne defied age with a fine piece of bowling to assist Rajasthan in defeating a weakened Delhi Daredevils side by 6 wickets, with figures of 2/17.

However, their confidence was dented with two back-to-back defeats to the new look Kolkata Knight Riders in a span of three days. In the clash at Jaipur, they lost by 9 wickets courtesy a 100-run partnership between Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis, Whereas in Kolkata, Lakshmipathy Balaji picked 3/15 in 4 overs on a minefield pitch in Eden Gardens to help his team pull of an 8 wicket victory. The match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore was washed out due to rain, which made Rajasthan’s task of making it into the last four much tougher. Shaun Marsh was in great nick and his 42-ball 71 resulted in the Royals losing to Kings XI Punjab in Mohali by 48 runs. However, they pulled together a string of a hat-trick of home wins, as Rajasthan chased successfully in all the three matches. The first was against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, winning by 8 wickets. Followed by Mumbai Indians, the No.1 team then on the points table as they chased down a total of 100 with 7 wickets to spare. And then the Pune Warriors India were undone by Ross Taylors’ 35-ball 47 not out, as Rajasthan won by 6 wickets.

But again it was inconsistency which let the Royals down badly. They were given a proper thumping by the eventual champions Chennai Super Kings in both the matches they played against each other, within a span of five days. The in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed them by 9 wickets courtesy Chris Gayle while they were bowled out for 97 in their 8-wicket defeat to the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Although this time they ended their round robin matches well with a win against the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai and in the process giving Shane Warne a fitting farewell, Rajasthan were dismissed from the competition since they ended at the 6th position out of the 10 teams in the tournament, having again won 6 out of their 14 matches played, with one being a no result.[22]

2012 IPL season[edit]

Rajasthan Royals finished in seventh place among the point table in season 5 of IPL winning only seven matches out of sixteen.[35]

2013 IPL season[edit]

Rajasthan Royals qualified for the playoff stage by finishing third in the group stage, thus grabbing a spot in Champions League 2013. They won against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator but lost to Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier, which led to their exit from the tournament.[36][37] Shane Watson was declared the Man of the tournament.

2014 IPL season[edit]

Rajasthan Royals retained five players - Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, James Faulkner and Stuart Binny - for the seventh season of the IPL. Rajasthan Royals scored 65 runs off the last 17 balls at a strike rate of 382.35 to win the match against RCB.[38] Shane Watson will lead the side in IPL season 7 and Rahul Dravid will play the role of a mentor.[39][40]


Rajasthan Royals were the least active franchise during the players' auction. The team didn't have a designated icon player, which saved a lot of cap space for the franchise. However, the franchise was surprisingly low key during the auction, and in the end got penalized by the IPL committee for failing to meet the minimum bidding criteria of $3.3 million.[41] The highest bid by Rajasthan Royals was for the Indian middle order batsman Mohammad Kaif, who came off the board at $675,000. Shane Warne was named the coach and the captain of the side. The Royals were unique during the 2008 season as they were the only side to have an English cricketer in their squad, Hampshire's all rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas who played only one match, against the Delhi Daredevils in Jaipur on 11 May, before returning to England. The Rajasthan Royals also selected Justin Langer and Morné Morkel in the player auction, but both declined to instead play county cricket.[42][43] In 2009 Season the team has cut down six Indian players from the previous year's squad. They are batsman Mohammad Kaif and other relatively unknowns Dinesh Salunkhe, Anup Revandkar, Srideep Mangela, Ashraf Makda and Azhar Malik.[44]

Home Ground[edit]

Rajasthan Royals home venue is the iconic Sawai Mansingh Stadium(Hindi: सवाई मानसिंह स्टेडियम).The Stadium is a cricket stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. It was built during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II who was also known as SMS, hence the name of the SMS Stadium. It is situated at one corner of the Rambagh Circle. The stadium seats 30,000 and is one of the best in India, after the 2006 renovation. But in IPL7 Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad will host the Rajasthan Royals matches.[45]


Year Indian Premier League Champions League Twenty20
2008 Champions Cancelled (Q)
2009 Group stage DNQ
2010 Group stage DNQ
2011 Group stage DNQ
2012 Group stage DNQ
2013 Play-offs Runners Up
2014 Group stage DNQ
  • Q = Qualified; DNQ = Did Not Qualify

Complete Players List[edit]

  • In alphabetical order
2008[46] 2009[47] 2010[48] 2011[49] 2012[50] 2013[51]
Aditya Angle Abdulahad Malek Aaron Finch Aakash Chopra Aakash Chopra Ajinkya Rahane
Anup Revandkar Abhishek Raut Abhishek Jhunjhunwala Abhishek Raut Abhishek Raut Ajit Chandila
Darren Lehmann Aditya Angle Abhishek Raut Aditya Dole Aditya Dole Ankeet Chavan
Dimitri Mascarenhas Amit Singh Adam Voges Ajinkya Rahane Ajinkya Rahane Ashok Menaria
Dinesh Salunkhe Anup Revandkar Amit Paunikar Amit Paunikar Ajit Chandila Brad Hodge
Graeme Smith Ashraf Makda Amit Singh Amit Singh Amit Paunikar Brad Hogg
Jaydev Shah Atul Sharma Amit Uniyal Ankeet Chavan Amit Singh Dishant Yagnik
Justin Langer Dimitri Mascarenhas Damien Martyn Ashok Menaria Ankeet Chavan Fidel Edwards
Kamran Akmal Dinesh Salunkhe Dimitri Mascarenhas Deepak Chahar Ashok Menaria Harmeet Singh
Mahesh Rawat Gajendra Singh Faiz Fazal Dinesh Salunkhe Brad Hodge James Faulkner
Mohammad Kaif Graeme Smith Graeme Smith Dishant Yagnik Brad Hogg Kevon Cooper
Morne Morkel Johan Botha Johan Botha Faiz Fazal Deepak Chahar Kumar Boresa
Munaf Patel Justin Langer Kamran Khan Jacob Oram Dinesh Chandimal Kusal Perera
Niraj Patel Kamran Khan Michael Lumb Johan Botha Dishant Yagnik Owais Shah
Pankaj Singh Lee Carseldine Morne Morkel Nayan Doshi Faiz Fazal Pravin Tambe
Parag More Mahesh Rawat Munaf Patel Pankaj Singh Johan Botha Rahul Dravid (C)
Ravindra Jadeja Mohammad Kaif Naman Ojha Paul Collingwood Kevon Cooper Rahul Shukla
Shane Warne (C) Mohammed Arif Shane Warne (C) Pinal Shah Owais Shah Sachin Baby
Shane Watson Morne Morkel Shane Watson Rahul Dravid Pankaj Singh Samuel Badree
Siddharth Trivedi Munaf Patel Shaun Tait Ross Taylor Paul Collingwood Sanju Samson
Sohail Tanvir Naman Ojha Shrikant Wagh Samad Fallah Pinal Shah Shane Watson
Sumit Khatri Niraj Patel Siddharth Trivedi Shane Warne (C) Rahul Dravid (C) Shaun Tait
Swapnil Asnodkar Parag More Sumit Narwal Shane Watson Samad Fallah Shreevats Goswami
Taruwar Kohli Paras Dogra Swapnil Asnodkar Shaun Tait Shane Watson Siddharth Trivedi
Younis Khan Paul Valthaty Syed Quadri Siddharth Trivedi Shaun Tait Sreesanth
Yusuf Pathan Pushkaraj Chavan Yusuf Pathan Stuart Binny Shreevats Goswami Stuart Binny
Raiphi Gomez Sumit Narwal Siddharth Trivedi Vikramjeet Malik
Ravindra Jadeja Swapnil Asnodkar Sreesanth
Rob Quiney Stuart Binny
Shane Harwood Sumit Narwal
Shane Warne (C)
Shane Watson
Shaun Tait
Shrideep Mangela
Siddharth Chitnis
Siddharth Trivedi
Swapnil Asnodkar
Tyron Henderson
Yusuf Pathan

Current squad[edit]

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.[52][53][54]
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Signed Year Salary Notes
3 Ajinkya Rahane India (1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2014 INR75 million (US$1.2 million)
7 Brad Hodge Australia (1974-12-29) 29 December 1974 (age 39) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2014 INR24 million (US$390,000) Overseas
69 Karun Nair India (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2014 INR7.5 million (US$120,000)
99 Unmukt Chand India (1993-03-26) 26 March 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2014 INR6.5 million (US$110,000)
22 Rajat Bhatia India (1979-10-22) 22 October 1979 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2014 INR17 million (US$280,000)
25 Abhishek Nayar India (1983-10-08) 8 October 1983 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm medium 2014 INR10 million (US$160,000)
33 Shane Watson (C) Australia (1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2014 INR125 million (US$2.0 million) Overseas
44 James Faulkner Australia (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast 2014 INR95 million (US$1.5 million) Overseas
49 Steve Smith Australia (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2014 INR40 million (US$650,000) Overseas
84 Stuart Binny India (1984-06-03) 3 June 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2014 INR40 million (US$650,000)
90 Kevon Cooper Trinidad and Tobago (1989-02-16) 16 February 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 INR30 million (US$490,000) Overseas
9 Sanju Samson India (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 19) Right-handed 2014 INR40 million (US$650,000)
27 Ankush Bains India (1995-12-16) 16 December 1995 (age 18) Right-handed 2014 INR10 million (US$160,000)
77 Dishant Yagnik India (1983-06-22) 22 June 1983 (age 31) Left-handed 2014 INR3 million (US$49,000)
1 Amit Mishra India (1991-11-11) 11 November 1991 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 INR10 million (US$160,000)
02 Pravin Tambe India (1971-10-08) 8 October 1971 (age 43) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2014 INR1 million (US$16,000)
4 Deepak Hooda India (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 INR4 million (US$65,000)
5 Vikramjeet Malik India (1983-05-09) 9 May 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 INR2 million (US$32,000)
8 Tim Southee New Zealand (1988-12-11) 11 December 1988 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 INR12 million (US$190,000) Overseas
13 Iqbal Abdulla India (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 24) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2014 INR6.5 million (US$110,000)
18 Ankit Sharma India (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 23) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2014 INR10 million (US$160,000)
20 Rahul Tewatia India (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 21) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2014 INR10 million (US$160,000)
23 Kane Richardson Australia (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 INR10 million (US$160,000) Overseas
31 Ben Cutting Australia (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 INR8 million (US$130,000) Overseas
91 Dhawal Kulkarni India (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2014 INR11 million (US$180,000)

Team Management[edit]

Fixtures and results[edit]

Overall results[edit]

Summary of results
Matches Wins Losses No Result Success Rate
2008 14 11 3 0 78.57%
2009 14 6 7 1 46.15%
2010 14 6 8 0 42.86%
2011 14 6 7 1 46.15%
2012 16 7 9 0 43.75%
2013 16 10 6 0 62.50%
2014 14 7 7 0 50.00%
Total 102 53 47 2 51.96%

2008 IPL season[edit]

Captain: Shane Warne

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard link
1 April 19, 2008 Delhi Daredevils Delhi Lost by 9 wickets Scorecard
2 April 21, 2008 Kings XI Punjab Jaipur Won by 6 wickets Australia Shane Watson 76*(49) Scorecard
3 April 24, 2008 Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Won by 3 wickets India Yusuf Pathan 2/20 (2 overs) and 61 (28) Scorecard
4 April 26, 2008 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 7 wickets Australia Shane Watson 2/20 (4 overs) and 61* (41) Scorecard
5 May 1, 2008 Kolkata Knight Riders Jaipur Won by 45 runs India Swapnil Asnodkar 60 (34) Scorecard
6 May 4, 2008 Chennai Super Kings Jaipur Won by 8 wickets Pakistan Sohail Tanvir 6/14 (4 overs) Scorecard
7 May 7, 2008 Mumbai Indians Navi Mumbai Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
8 May 9, 2008 Deccan Chargers Jaipur Won by 8 wickets India Yusuf Pathan 68(37) Scorecard
9 May 11, 2008 Delhi Daredevils Jaipur Won by 3 wickets Australia Shane Watson 2/21(4 overs) and 74(40) Scorecard
10 May 17, 2008 Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur Won by 65 runs South Africa Graeme Smith 75*(49) Scorecard
11 May 20, 2008 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Won by 6 wickets India Yusuf Pathan 1/14(2 overs) and 48*(18) Scorecard
12 May 24, 2008 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Won by 10 runs South Africa Albie Morkel 71(40) and 2/35(4 overs Scorecard
13 May 26, 2008 Mumbai Indians Jaipur Won by 5 Wickets Pakistan Sohail Tanvir 4/14 (4 overs) Scorecard
14 May 28, 2008 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 41 Runs Scorecard
Semi-Final May 30, 2008 Delhi Daredevils Mumbai Won by 105 runs Australia Shane Watson 52(29) and 3/10(3 overs) Scorecard
Final June 1, 2008 Chennai Super Kings Navi Mumbai Won by 3 wickets IndiaYusuf Pathan 56(39) and 3/22 (4 overs) Scorecard

The Royals won the inaugural DLF IPL T-20 Tournament on 1 June 2008. MoSAustralia Shane Watson 472 runs and 17 wickets, Purple Cap Holder Pakistan Sohail Tanvir

2009 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard link
1 April 18, 2009 Royal Challengers Bangalore Cape Town Lost by 75 runs Scorecard
2 April 21, 2009 Mumbai Indians Durban Match abandoned without a ball bowled Scorecard
3 April 23, 2009 Kolkata Knight Riders Cape Town Won (In The Superover) India Yusuf Pathan 42(21), 18*(4) and 0/27(4 overs) Scorecard
4 April 26, 2009 Kings XI Punjab Cape Town Lost by 27 runs Scorecard
5 April 28, 2009 Delhi Daredevils Pretoria Won by 5 wickets India Yusuf Pathan 62*(30) Scorecard
6 April 30, 2009 Chennai Super Kings Pretoria Lost by 38 runs Scorecard
7 May 2, 2009 Deccan Chargers Port Elizabeth Won by 3 wickets India Yusuf Pathan 24(17) and 1/19(4 overs) Scorecard
8 May 5, 2009 Kings XI Punjab Durban Won by 78 Runs South Africa Graeme Smith 77(44) Scorecard
9 May 7, 2009 Royal Challengers Bangalore Pretoria Won by 7 wickets India Amit Singh 4/19(4 overs) Scorecard
10 May 9, 2009 Chennai Super Kings Kimberley Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
11 May 11, 2009 Deccan Chargers Kimberley Lost by 53 runs Scorecard
12 May 14, 2009 Mumbai Indians Durban Won by 2 Runs Australia Shane Warne 3/24(4 overs) Scorecard
13 May 17, 2009 Delhi Daredevils Bloemfontein Lost by 14 runs Scorecard
14 May 20, 2009 Kolkata Knight Riders Durban Lost by 4 wickets Scorecard

2010 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard link
1 March 13, 2010 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 4 runs India Yusuf Pathan 100(37) Scorecard
2 March 15, 2010 Delhi Daredevils Ahmedabad Lost by 6 wickets Scorecard
3 March 18, 2010 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Lost by 10 wickets Scorecard
4 March 20, 2010 Kolkata Knight Riders Ahmedabad Won by 34 runs India Abhishek Jhunjhunwala 45(36) Scorecard
5 March 24, 2010 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Won by 31 runs Australia Adam Voges 45(24) Scorecard
6 March 26, 2010 Deccan Chargers Ahmedabad Won by 8 wickets India Yusuf Pathan 73(34) Scorecard
7 March 28, 2010 Chennai Super Kings Ahmedabad Won by 17 runs India Naman Ojha 80(49) Scorecard
8 March 31, 2010 Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Lost by 67 runs Scorecard
9 April 3, 2010 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 23 runs Scorecard
10 April 5, 2010 Deccan Chargers Nagpur Won by 2 runs Australia Shane Warne 4/21(4 overs) Scorecard
11 April 7, 2010 Kings XI Punjab Jaipur Won by 9 wickets England Michael Lumb 83(43) Scorecard
12 April 11, 2010 Mumbai Indians Jaipur Lost by 37 runs Scorecard
13 April 14, 2010 Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur Lost by 5 wickets Scorecard
14 April 17, 2010 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Lost by 8 wickets Scorecard

2011 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard link
1 April 9, 2011 Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Won by 8 wickets India Siddharth Trivedi 3/15 Scorecard
2 April 12, 2011 Delhi Daredevils Jaipur Won by 6 wickets Australia Shane Warne 2/17 Scorecard
3 April 15, 2011 Kolkata Knight Riders Jaipur Lost by 9 wickets Scorecard
4 April 17, 2011 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Lost by 8 wickets Scorecard
5 April 19, 2011 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Match abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain Scorecard
6 April 21, 2011 Kings XI Punjab Chandigarh Lost by 48 runs Scorecard
7 April 24, 2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala Jaipur Won by 8 wickets Australia Shane Warne 3/16 Scorecard
8 April 29, 2011 Mumbai Indians Jaipur Won by 7 wickets South Africa Johan Botha 45(39)& 3/6 (2 overs) Scorecard
9 May 1, 2011 Pune Warriors India Jaipur Won by 6 wickets New Zealand Ross Taylor 47*(35) Scorecard
10 May 4, 2011 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 8 wickets Scorecard
11 May 9, 2011 Chennai Super Kings Jaipur Lost by 63 runs Scorecard
12 May 11, 2011 Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur Lost by 9 wickets Scorecard
13 May 15, 2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala Indore Lost by 8 wickets Scorecard
14 May 20, 2011 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Won by 10 wickets Australia Shane Watson 89*(47) & 3/19 Scorecard

2012 IPL season[edit]

Captain : Rahul Dravid

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard link
1 April 6, 2012 Kings XI Punjab Jaipur Won by 31 runs India Ajinkya Rahane (98) Scorecard
2 April 8, 2012 Kolkata Knight Riders Jaipur Won by 22 runs Australia Brad Hodge 44 (29) Scorecard
3 April 11, 2012 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 27 runs Scorecard
4 April 13, 2012 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Lost by 5 wickets Scorecard
5 April 15, 2012 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 59 runs India Ajinkya Rahane 103* Scorecard
6 April 17, 2012 Deccan Chargers Jaipur Won by 5 wickets Australia Brad Hodge Scorecard
7 April 21, 2012 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 7 Wickets Scorecard
8 April 23, 2012 Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur Lost by 46 runs Scorecard
9 April 29, 2012 Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Lost by 1 run Scorecard
10 May 1, 2012 Delhi Daredevils Jaipur Lost by 6 wickets Scorecard
11 May 5, 2012 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Won by 43 runs Australia Shane Watson Score Card
12 May 8, 2012 Pune Warriors India Pune Won by 7 wickets Australia Shane Watson 90* (51) Scorecard
13 May 10, 2012 Chennai Super Kings Jaipur Lost by 4 Wickets Scorecard
14 May 13, 2012 Pune Warriors India Jaipur Won by 45 runs India Ajit Chandila 4/13 Scorecard
15 May 18, 2012 Deccan Chargers Hyderabad Lost by 5 Wickets Scorecard
16 May 20, 2012 Mumbai Indians Jaipur Lost by 10 wickets Scorecard

2013 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard link
1 April 6, 2013 Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Won by 5 runs India Rahul Dravid 65(51) Scorecard
2 April 8, 2013 Kolkata Knight Riders Jaipur Won by 19 runs India Siddharth Trivedi 4/23 Scorecard
3 April 11, 2013 Pune Warriors India Pune Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
4 April 14, 2013 Kings XI Punjab Jaipur Won by 6 wickets Australia James Faulkner 2/30 Scorecard
5 April 17, 2013 Mumbai Indians Jaipur won by 87 runs India Ajinkya Rahane 68(54) Scorecard
6 April 20, 2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru Lost by 7 wickets Scorecard
7 April 22, 2013 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Lost by 5 wickets Scorecard
8 April 27, 2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad Jaipur Won by 8 wickets Australia James Faulkner 5/20(4 overs) Scorecard
9 April 29, 2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur Won by 4 wickets India Sanju Samson 63 (31) Scorecard
10 May 3, 2013 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Lost by 8 Wickets Scorecard
11 May 5, 2013 Pune Warriors India Jaipur Won By 5 Wickets India Ajinkya Rahane 67 (48) Scorecard
12 May 7, 2013 Delhi Daredevils Jaipur Won By 9 Wickets India Ajinkya Rahane 63* (45) Scorecard
13 May 9, 2013 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Won By 8 Wickets Trinidad and Tobago Kevon Cooper 3-23 Scorecard
14 May 12, 2013 Chennai Super Kings Jaipur Won By 5 Wickets Australia Shane Watson 70 (34) Scorecard
15 May 15, 2013 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 14 Runs Scorecard
16 May 17, 2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad Hyderabad Lost by 23 Runs Scorecard
17 May 22, 2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad (Eliminator) New Delhi Won by 4 wickets Australia Brad Hodge 54* (29) Scorecard
18 May 24, 2013 Mumbai Indians (Qualifier 2) Kolkata Lost by 4 Wickets Scorecard

2013 CLT20 season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard link
1 September 21, 2013 Mumbai Indians Jaipur Won by 7 wickets India Vikramjeet Malik 3/24 (4 overs) Scorecard
2 September 25, 2013 South Africa Highveld Lions Jaipur Won by 30 runs India Pravin Tambe 4/15 (3 overs) Scorecard
3 September 29, 2013 Australia Perth Scorchers Jaipur Won by 9 wickets Trinidad and Tobago Kevon Cooper 4/18 (4 overs) Scorecard
4 October 1, 2013 New Zealand Otago Volts Jaipur Won by 4 wickets India Rahul Shukla 3/23 (4 overs) Scorecard
Semi-Final October 4, 2013 Chennai Super Kings Jaipur Won by 14 runs India Pravin Tambe 3/10 (4 overs) Scorecard
Final October 6, 2013 Mumbai Indians Feroz Shah Kotla Lost by 33 runs Scorecard

2014 IPL season[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Man of the Match Scorecard link
Phase 1 Matches in  United Arab Emirates
1 April 18, 2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad Abu Dhabi Won by 4 Wickets India Ajinkya Rahane 59(53) Scorecard
2 April 20, 2014 Kings XI Punjab Sharjah Lost by 7 Wickets Scorecard
3 April 23, 2014 Chennai Super Kings Dubai Lost by 7 Runs Scorecard
4 April 26, 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Abu Dhabi Won by 6 Wickets India Pravin Tambe 4/20 (4 overs) Scorecard
5 April 29, 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Abu Dhabi Match Tied; Super Over Tied; Won by Boundary Count Australia James Faulkner 2*(1) & 3/11 (2 overs) Scorecard
Phase 2 Matches in  India
6 May 3, 2014 Delhi Daredevils New Delhi Won by 7 Wickets India Karun Nair 73*(50) Scorecard
7 May 5, 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Ahmedabad Won by 10 Runs India Pravin Tambe 3/26 (4 Overs) Scorecard
8 May 8, 2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad Ahmedabad Lost by 33 Runs Scorecard
9 May 11, 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Won by 5 Wickets Australia James Faulkner 41(17) & 1/42 (4 Overs) Scorecard
10 May 13, 2014 Chennai Super Kings Ranchi Lost by 5 Wickets Scorecard
11 May 15, 2014 Delhi Daredevils Ahmedabad Won by 62 Runs India Ajinkya Rahane 64(50) Scorecard
12 May 19, 2014 Mumbai Indians Ahmedabad Lost by 26 Runs Scorecard
13 May 23, 2014 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 17 Runs Scorecard
14 May 25, 2014 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Lost by 5 Wickets Scorecard

Expulsion from the IPL & return (2010)[edit]

The BCCI decided to expel Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL. The expulsion baffled captain Shane Warne who stated that he suspected that there might be some foul play and that the BCCI might possess some ulterior motives.[56] The Rajasthan Royals however filed an appeal against the decision and the two parties went to the Mumbai High Court to decide [57] The Mumbai high-court adjourned that case until 29 October 2010.[58] Both parties then agreed to adjourn the case again to 15 November because they didn't want it to coincide with Diwali celebrations from 1 to 14 November[59] Later it was announced by the Royals that they told the Bombay High Court that they would be negotiating with an arbitrator to see if they could reconcile with the IPL [60] The arbitrator announced that while the investigation was ongoing the Royals would remain apart of the IPL for six-weeks and the BCCI would not be allowed to change rules which might go against the Royals. The six-week period included the player auction in which Rajasthan Royals participated.[61] After this the Bombay High Court rejected the appeals of the BCCI against keeping the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL for six-weeks while the case was sorted out.[62] It was estimated because of the losses in court cases and damaging reputation the BCCI decided not to pursue any further legal action against Royals' or Kings XI Punjab and announced they decided to keep them in the IPL.[63]


On 16 May 2013, three Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested from Mumbai by Delhi Police along with eleven bookies on charges of spot-fixing in the tournament. The fixing happened in the matches against Pune Warriors on May 5, Kings XI Punjab on May 9 and Mumbai Indians on May 15.[64] Later BCCI suspended the three players.[65]


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