Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has previewed how Rajasthan Royals are going to play in the second half of the tournament. The franchise start their campaign against Delhi Punjab Kings on September 21 in Dubai. The franchise will be missing three key players in Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the remaining season. The side is placed fifth at the moment with three wins from seven games.
Analysing their squad ahead of the UAE leg, Brad Hogg said that the side have the slimmest of chances to finish in the top four given they are missing their key players.
Rajasthan Royals Missing Key Players: Brad Hogg
“There are big losses for RR. They have lost (Jofra) Archer, (Jos) Buttler, (Ben) Stokes and (Andrew) Tye – four quality players in their squad. But if we come to their main XI, it is not such a big drama. I think (Liam) Livingstone will come in for Buttler at the top of the order. But I think they will stick to the same bowling combination that they had last time. But the depth is not there in the pace bowling” said Hogg.
He further said that the franchise depend heavily on Sanju Samson to score runs which adds to the pressure of his captaincy.
“Ewin Lewis might not be coming over due to his shoulder injury. They have picked Glenn Phillips as well but the big one that I love is the left-arm chinaman bowler that RR have picked up from South Africa – Tabraiz Shamsi. These are good inclusions. They have potential but I still think that they rely a lot on Samson to score a lot of runs. They are in a bit of trouble in that department” the former Australian spinner said.
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Hogg concluded by giving his thoughts on how the Royals will fare in the remaining leg.
“They have lost four from seven. They have got to win at least four of their remaining seven games to have a chance to get into the final four. I don’t think Rajasthan Royals can do that” opined Hogg.