Why is Rajasthan Royals the best team despite elimination in IPL 2019?
The royals brand stand for commitment, intensity, and resilience and a never say die attitude. The
team Rajasthan Royals are impassioned by indomitable qualities of strength, fighting powers, and
courage which personifies the brand name. The brand name identifies itself with the distinguished
qualities of elegance, valor, style, and class which are synonymous with the people and culture of
The team Rajasthan Royals are found from the commitment of the entire cricket fans and to unearth
the new talents across the globe that too predominantly in India. The Royals have been in the
forefront in terms of promoting and nurturing the new talents. These qualities have made the team
Rajasthan Royals one of the most loved teams in India.
Foundation of Rajasthan Royals:
Rajasthan Royals franchise of the cricket team that is based in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It was one of the
eight initial franchises in IPL, founded in 2008. The Royals was owned by Manoj Badale.
The Rajasthan Royals are sometimes considered as Moneyball team of IPL. They are well known to
unearth high potential talents and also their involvement in numerous controversies and scandals.
The Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural of the IPL match under the captain ship of Shane Warne and
they are also the runners of 2013 champions league T20 under the captain ship of Rahul Dravid.
Though many thought that Royals to be one of the possibly weakest teams in IPL, giving them little
chance of competing well in the tournament. Evidence of the latter proved to be true when they lost
the match to Delhi Daredevils in the first match in 9 wicket loss. The fears were confirmed that the
team would struggle but no one knew that was the beginning of the new dawn for the team. The
team believed in writing their own script and there was something style about their cricket, perhaps
the simple attitude with which they approached the game. The simplicity was bought by the captain
Shane Warne as he never had the fear to lose and was always cool with handling the players in any
And in another match, played in their home country against Kings XII Punjab the Rajasthan Royals
won the match by 6 wickets and the captain Warne was declared the man of the match for his 76 off
49 balls unbeaten. This was followed by a win against Deccan Charges with 3 wicket win. The win
was a boost to the team as this was a successful run chase. In this match, Yusuf Pathan was given the first man of the match and for his bowling.
Next win was against RRB in which Watson almost replicated Yusuf and the run chase was
completed. Next match was against KKR and was a crucial win with convincingly 45 runs and man of
the match was received by Swapnil with a fine knock of 60 off 34 balls.
They also managed to defeat Chennai Super Kings at their home country as Sohali Tanwar was given
the man of the match award for picking 6 wickets for 14 runs in 4 over’s. But Rajasthan lost to
Mumbai Indians with loss of 7 wickets.
They also won the next game by defeating Kings XII Punjab and continued to win the next five
games. This team was also the first team to book semi-finals with their 65 run wins over RCB. Shane
Warne’s captainship and coaching for the team was well praised by everyone and also the
Rajasthan Royals became the winner of the IPL tournament 2008 by defeating CSK by 3 wickets
played on June 1, 2008. With one ball remaining, Tanwar scored the winning run. In the final match,
Yusuf Pathan has claimed the man of the match and Sohali Tanwar finished the tournament in
possession of the Purple cap and Shane Watson was declared the Man of the series.
The Royals came into the tournament in SA as defending champions, but Sohail Tanvir was not able
to play the match as BCCI imposed a ban on Pakistani players from playing the tournament.
Rajasthan began its operation against RCB seriously. They were bowled out for the second lowest
score in the history of IPL. They made a trip to Durban to play the match with Mumbai Indians but
that match was washed out by rain and that made Rajasthan royals to go to the bottom of the points
The next match was with KKR, and that match went to a super over and Rajasthan Royals was able to
win only because of Pathan. And in the same ground, Rajasthan was defeated by Kings XII Punjab by
The next match played again against Delhi Daredevils, Yusuf Pathan played well with unbeaten 62
runs with 32 balls. But CSK was too good in the next match with RR and CSK won by 38 runs. By
continuous all-round best by Yusuf Pathan they beat Deccan Charges, Kings XII Punjab, and also
Royal Challengers’ Bangalore.
Then the disaster struck for the team as they lost to Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets, and Deccan
Chargers posted their first win against RR with a massive margin of 53 runs. In 2009 IPL, they were
placed in the 6 th place with winning 6 matches out of 14. They failed to enter the semi-finals after
losing their two matches against DD, and KKR.
The Royals came back with a good start after their outing in South Africa. They seemed to have a
better outfit but they had to suffer an unfortunate start with them losing to the Mumbai Indians
with a narrow of 4 runs. In this match, the highlight was that Pathan scored the fastest hundred with
off only 37 balls.
In the upcoming matches, they lost to Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets, and also to RCB who won by 10
wickets. The team was inconsistent throughout the season by winning the four matches
consequently. The Following match was also won by Rajasthan Royals beating Punjab by 31 runs, with Adam Voges hitting 45 runs off 24 balls. In the next match, they defeated CSK and Deccan
Chargers by 17 runs and 8 wickets respectively.
But then again they lost to CSK with Murali Vijay hundred’s but they escaped Deccan chargers attack
with a narrow two-run victory and Punjab was duly beaten by 9 wickets by Rajasthan.
They again lost to MI and RCB and also to KKR in the last round and they failed to enter the play-off
as they were in the 7 th position with 6 matches being won by playing 14.
They began the IPL 2011 season by beating Deccan Chargers by 8 wickets. But in the next two
matches, they faced defeat against KKR in the time span of three days. The match against RCB was
washed out due to rain and the last four over’s was tough for the Rajasthan Royals. Then the next
match played against Punjab was lost with 48 runs by Shaun Marsh played well with 71 runs off 42
Again the first was against Kochi Tuskers Kerala winning by 8 wickets. But the inconsistency of the
Royals made them go down badly in the points table. The Royals were giving proper thumping by the CSK in both matches played against each other in the span of 5 days. Later RCB crashed them by 9 wickets.
They ended their round robin by winning against Mumbai Indians by giving a good farewell to Shane
Warne. They were then dismissed from the tournament since they ended at the 6 th position out of
ten teams having again won 6 matches out of 14 as before.
In this season, the Rajasthan Royals were in the 7 th place in the points table by winning only 7
matches out of sixteen.
The team was qualified for the play-off by finishing the third stage in the group thus grabbing a spot
in Champions league 2013. In the eliminator, they won against Sunrisers Hyderabad but lost in the
second qualifier to Mumbai Indians which made their exit from the tournament. But Shane Watson
was declared the man of the tournament.
Spot-fixing case in 2013:
On 2013 the three players Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by the Delhi
police in Mumbai on charges of spot-fixing in the tournament along with eleven bookies. The fixings
happened against Pune Warriors, Kings XII Punjab, and Mumbai Indians. Later BCCI suspended the
Rajasthan Royals stands 5 th in the points table but does not qualify the champions league T20. The
team was led by Shane Watson and Rahul Dravid played the role of the mentor. They won the match
against RCB by scoring 65 runs off the 17 balls with a strike rate of 382.25.
The Royals came back in this IPL after two years of suspension. Steve Smith was announced the
captain of the team but due to the ball-tampering controversy in March 2018, he was stepped down
and Rahane was appointed as the captain. However, Smith was banned from playing the IPL 2018
season. Instead of Smith, Heinrich Klassen was replaced.
In a match against Delhi Daredevils, Jos Buttler scored the fastest fifty of just 18 balls. This was the
fifth fastest fifty in IPL history. But Royals lost the match by four runs by a revised over’s of 12 due to
The Royals secured 4 th place in the regular season with 14 points but was crashed out in the play-off against KKR losing by 25 runs.
Paddy Upton was the coach of the Royals in IPL 2019 season. Steve Smith came back after the ban
BCCI and the captain ship was retained by Rahane at the start of the season, however due to the
poor results the captain ship was again returned to Steve Smith. In the first match, against Punjab
they lost the match by Punjab winning by 14 runs. Next match was against Sun risers and that was
also won by Hyderabad of 5 wickets.
In a match against CSK, CSK won the match by 8 runs. But with RCB as the opposing team, the match
was won by Rajasthan Royals with 7 wickets. The man of the match award was given to Shreyas
Gopal in RR.
The match against Mumbai Indians Royals won by 4 wickets and Jos buttler was awarded the man of
the match. But again in the next match against Punjab, they won the match by 12 runs.
In the next two matches played against Sunrisers Hyderabad and KKR, Rajasthan Royals won the
match by 3 wickets and 7 wickets respectively. In the last match against Delhi, RR lost the match and
Delhi won by 5 wickets.
In the IPL 2019, the Royals won only 5 matches and were in the 7th position with 11 points.
Rajasthan Royals the best team in IPL from season one and they are the winners of the IPL inaugural
season. The players in the team are also good and there are many young talents in the team that
lead they win them match. One of the best teams in IPL and they have given their best in all times
but there are also situations that do not go well for the players like revised over’s and the match
affected by rain.
There are very talented players in the team like Shane Warne, Watson, Pathan, etc. many of the
matches have been due to Pathan’s run score or bowling. He is one of the top bowlers and that was
a gift to the Royals.
But in 2013, because of spot-fixing, the name of the Royals has been smashed and also due to the
ban for two years they were not able to prove them. But before that, though they have not won
most of the matches they have retained their name. After 2013, the comeback in 2018 was not that
a good one as Smith was banned due to ball tampering controversy. But also they came in the 4 th
place in the points table but were smashed by KKR in the qualifier round.
In 2019, under the captaincy of Rahane, they were not able to perform well and they were in the 7
places in the points table and with 11 points. But still, the team is a good team despite the
elimination in the IPL 2019 playoff round.