Since their triumphant 2008 campaign, the Rajasthan Royals have faced persistent challenges in securing another Indian Premier League trophy. Despite coming close in 2022, finishing as runners-up, the team grapples with resource limitations, prompting the need for strategic decisions as they approach IPL 2024.
Here are some players Rajasthan Royals can release ahead IPL 2024
1. Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal, a left-handed batsman from Karnataka, made a mark with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2020, amassing 473 runs. However, his shift to Rajasthan Royals did not yield the same success. With only three fifties in the last two seasons and limited appearances, it appears the Royals are restructuring their top order. Padikkal may benefit from seeking opportunities with another franchise that can offer him a more prominent role.
2. Sandeep Sharma
Sandeep Sharma, a seasoned medium-pacer with over a decade in domestic cricket, displayed brilliance by halting MS Dhoni last season. However, inconsistency plagued his subsequent performances. With an impressive career economy rate of 7.86 and 124 wickets, Sharma’s skill set might find a better fit under a different captain. His future in the IPL circuit hinges on securing a fresh start with a franchise that values his variations and experience.
3. Joe Root
England’s prolific batter, Joe Root, entered the IPL fray with Rajasthan Royals last year. Root, an underrated T20 batsman, possesses the ability to anchor innings and contribute with both bat and ball. Despite having more to offer, Root’s underutilization in the previous season suggests a potential release. A team prioritizing all-rounders might offer him the opportunities needed to showcase his true potential, both as a batsman and a valuable bowler in the T20 format.
As Rajasthan Royals look thought fully in these strong releases, the focus is on making the squad feel like they are reborn, giving chances to emerging talents, and assuring a unprejudiced team that can contend for the coveted IPL trophy in 2024. The upcoming auctions will undoubtedly be crucial in shaping the team’s composition and strategy for the upcoming season.