IPL 2020: Top 3 Picks for Rajasthan Royals against Royal Challengers Bangalore


Rajasthan Royals

After a marvellous and nervy chase against Kings XI Punjab, every fan of cricket was astonished. However, Kolkata Knight Riders brought Rajasthan Royals and fans out of the “Sharjah Fantasy” at Dubai International Stadium. Rajasthan Royals faltered in the chase and lost against a strong KKR.

In the first double-header of the season, Rajasthan Royals will square up against Royal Challengers Bangalore who is coming to the game after holding their nerves against MI. Rajasthan Royals have plenty to think when they face RCB at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Robin Uthappa has failed in three successive matches and the young players are being wasted on the bench. The middle-order looks fragile and the team is heavily dependent on Sanju Samson and Steve Smith. Rahul Tewatia also failed against KKR, a big dent in the Pink Army’s pride. If these issues aren’t addressed, RR might be on their way to the second defeat.

Here are the top three picks for the Rajasthan outfit when they face in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium:

#1) Jofra Archer

The England international was on the beast mode against Kolkata Knight Riders at Dubai International Stadium. With pitch supporting the swing, the player was exploiting it to the maximum.  He was constantly clocking above 145+, causing problems for the batsmen. His death over bowling was phenomenal as usual.

Against a well-built Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting line-up, Jofra Archer has a lot of work to do. The player will look to make early inroads against RCB and restrict them to a short score. Archer can also hit biggies as we saw against Kings XI Punjab. He will be one of the top three picks to watch out for on Saturday,

#2) Shreyas Gopal

Shreyas Gopal vs SRH

The Karnataka leg-break bowler has always enjoyed playing against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has been instrumental in Rajasthan’s previous two victories against Royal Challengers. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are prone to Shreyas Gopal’s googlies and it would be no surprise if Steve Smith keeps the overs of the player until the duo doesn’t walk out to the pitch.

Shreyas Gopal will be one of the top three picks against Royal Challengers Bangalore also because of his hitting ability. The leggie will look to take the opportunity count against the Team India captain once again at Sheikh Zayed stadium.

#3) Rahul Tewatia

Rahul Tewatia

The left-arm all-rounder suddenly rose to prominence because of hitting abilities and match-defining innings against Kings XI Punjab. The player plundered 30 runs of Sheldon Cottrell’s 18th over, turning the match on his head. However, against Kolkata Knight Riders, the player couldn’t get going against the likes of Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Pat Cummins.

Though it might just be a blip in his performance, the player will still be one of the top three picks from the Rajasthan side to watch out for. Can he decimate his opposition once again?