The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 has been a thrilling affair so far as all ten franchises have put on a magnificent exhibition of cricket in the first month of the tournament. IPL 2022 runner-ups, Rajasthan Royals, are once again having been witnessing a great season so far as they’ve won five out of nine games played.
With Rajasthan having their playing combination sorted right from the beginning several cricketers have been warming the bench in the ongoing season so far. The biggest name from the RR camp is yet to include Joe Root in the playing XI. The star batter was bought for INR 1 crore at the mini-auction held in December 2022 but is yet to make his IPL debut.
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Recently, Joe Root featured in a fun ‘This or That’ game with his teammates Devdutt Padikkal and Dhruv Jurel where they were asked the Englishman to choose between playing under the captaincy of either MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli. Root found it difficult to choose between the two and looked confused as he didn’t choose any side and stayed in the middle.
What’s your pick? 👀
A) Virat Kohli 🔥
B) MS Dhoni 🧊
C) Both 🔥🧊 pic.twitter.com/hIry1JWhrz
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 5, 2023
Notably, Root has played in 32 T20Is in which he amassed 893 runs at an average of 35.72 with five half-centuries to his name. However, the star batter had not been able to impress the bidders in IPL over the years until the mini-auction in 2022.
Meanwhile, after winning four out of the first five games at the start of the season, the Sanju Samson-led side went a bit astray and lost three out of their last four games. In the previous match against Mumbai Indians, after opting to bat first, RR posted a massive 212/7 riding on a scintillating hundred by Yashasvi Jaiswal (124 off 62).
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In reply, Mumbai ended up completing a thrilling chase and registered a 6-wicket win with three balls to spare. Despite RR’s loss, the 21-year-old Jaiswal was awarded Player of the Match for his incredible knock. Rajasthan will next face Gujarat Titans on Friday, May 05 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.