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IPL 2018: X-Factors In Rajasthan Royals Squad
By CricShots - Apr 3, 2018 1:38 pm
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After two long years, the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be making their comeback in the 11th edition of the cash-rich league. The start has not been a pleasant one for them as they have already lost their captain. Steve Smith was prohibited by the BCCI due to his involvement in the ball tampering episode. This gave RR another chance to pick from unsold players and they selected Heinrich Klaasen who is a very good pick considering his recent form in the series against India.

Heinrich Klaasen

Considering the young looking Rajasthan Royals squad it can be said that there are a bunch of players whose role will be crucial if RR wishes to lift the coveted trophy once again after a gap of 10 years. If one needs to pick the X-factors for RR for IPL 2018, then Klaasen and Jofra Archer need to be on the list as both of them zero IPL experience and because of the same reason, they can play a crucial role for the team. After going through some of the pages of the history of IPL, one can clearly say that the unknown faces have always been successful in making an impact and on that front Klaasen and Archer are the perfect match.

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Klaasen made his international debut against India in February this year and was one of the most successful Proteas batsmen in the limited-overs series. In T20s, Klaasen has managed to maintain a strike-rate of 146 even after 44 innings, but before this season wasn’t even picked by any IPL franchise. Now, this year he has been roped in as a replacement of Smith. In terms of batting, Heinrich has amassed as many as 1073 runs at an average of more than 35 along with an individual highest score of 77 not out. After having a close look at his credentials, one can easily say that he can be a go-to batsman for the Royals.

Jofra Archer

On the other hand, Jofra Archer has been making a name for himself for the last couple of years in various T20 leagues. He is one of the most emerging cricketers in the world because of his commendable all-around performances. In recent times, every T20 team wants him in their pool of players as he has the ability to deceive any batsman in the world with the extra pace and bounce he is capable of generating from any kind of surface.

However, he has never played for any IPL team, but he has that x-factor in him which will help RR to win games. In his career of 41 T20 games, Jofra had managed to pick 50 wickets along with the economy rate of just below eight. He can be an asset with the bat as well, as he has amassed 195 T20 runs in 22 innings at a hitting rate of 140+. He can be the go-to bowler for Royals as their fans now must be looking forward to his watching him bowl in the IPL 2018.

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On their day, the duo can wreak havoc on any opposition, and they have the ability to turn the match on its head only with their respective abilities. Because of the fact that these two are pretty unknown to almost all the IPL teams, Rajasthan Royals can use them as a surprise package to win games.

Rajasthan Royals squad for IPL 2018:

Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, K Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror, Heinrich Klaasen.