Rajasthan Royals are placed third on the IPL 2021 points table having won three out of their first seven games. They resume their campaign against Punjab Kings on September 21 and play their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders on October 7. Ahead of the next season, the Royals have roped in Tabraiz Shamsi and Glenn Phillips as replacements for Jofra Archer and Andrew Tye. The absence of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer has already been a big loss and the side will struggle to find ideal replacements.
In the meantime, the new additions has all the more bolstered the side with some talented players already a part of the side. In this article, we take a look at three players who will be key for them in the UAE leg.
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IPL 2021: 3 Rajasthan Players Who Can Dominate UAE Leg
Samson resumes as the skipper of the side in the UAE leg. He was below par with his leadership skills and batting skills as well in the first half f the tournament. The absence of Buttler and Stokes from the lineup will mean that he will have to take additional responsibilities with the bat.
Samson scored 277 runs in the first seven games averaging 46.16 including a century against Punjab Kings in the side’s very first game.
Morris was paid the big bucks the franchise went all out to rope him in the IPL 2021 auction. However, his returns were low in the first half of the tournament with the bat. He scored 48 runs with the bat in the first half.
With the ball, however, Morris was at his best picking up 14 wickets including a four-wicket haul against Kolkata Knight Riders. The Royals will need him to fire big time in the UAE leg. Given that he is an all-rounder, he needs to take more responsibility with both bat and ball. The absence of Stokes from the line-up will make the franchise owners look towards him to do his role.
Along with his eccentric celebrations, Shamsi will bring some much-needed energy to the side. he is making a comeback to the IPL after his maiden stint with RCB in IPL 2016. The cricketing world has not yet seen much of the mystery spinner which is what makes him an exciting package.
The big boundaries and the tendency of the pitches to slow up as the tournament goes on makes him a good option in the XI. It will be interesting to see how skipper Samson uses him and whether he plays all the remaining seven games.