Rajasthan Royals (RR) have finally been able to put together a formidable team for the Indian Premier League 2022 season, with good hitters and an experienced bowling unit to cover all bases. They got off to a good start in the tournament, but then lost their way in the middle. Nonetheless, they regained their form in the second half to secure a playoff berth and finish second.
After the 2008 season, it was the franchise’s most successful season, with many pros and a few negatives. Some players were not given enough chances by the club management, or their form was not good enough to keep them in the starting XI. This list includes three players that are likely to be left out of the Royals’ team for the IPL 2023 season.
Jimmy Neesham, a New Zealand all-rounder, has spent the majority of his IPL career warming the benches. After appearing in five games for Punjab in 2020, he returned in the next edition to play three games for Mumbai Indians (MI). This year, RR enlisted Neesham’s help in the T20 format, believing in his ability.
RR did not experiment with the winning combinations because they had five quality bowling options. With a low enough strike rate, the excellent Kiwi player was only able to play in two games this season and only managed to score 31 runs. In both of these encounters, he was unable to provide the side with the much-needed flourish in the last overs.
RR trusted to play three frontline pacers and two spinners in the final few league matches and tournament playoffs. RR is likely to release Neesham ahead of next year’s auction, given the presence of Shimron Hetmyer and Riyan Parag as finishers.
Daryl Mitchell, another experienced performer for the Kiwi side, has been selected by RR for the IPL 2022 season. This was owing to his outstanding efforts in the T20 World Cup 2021, where he helped the squad get off to a fantastic start. After strong performances across all formats, it was his first season in the tournament.
Mitchell only managed to score 33 runs at a strike rate of 75 in two appearances. With such a low strike rate, he couldn’t aid the team’s cause by putting up a high score, and he was kicked off.
Mitchell left the RR camp before of the IPL 2022 playoffs to join the England Test team for the New Zealand series. In the coming season, the Royals are expected to look ahead of Mitchell. Although Rassie Van van Dussen did not perform well, his white-ball cricket exploits for South Africa have been impressive. As a result, he should keep his spot.
Navdeep Saini, an up-and-coming fast bowler, has shown his abilities in both international and IPL cricket. He was selected for INR 2.6 crore by the team and was expected to be the major pacer for the 2022 season.
Saini, on the other hand, may only play in two games in the 2022 season. In his maiden game, he had numbers of 2/36 and also made a spectacular diving catch. In the following match, he went for 36 runs in three overs and took a solitary wicket.
After these performances, the 29-year-old pacer was unable to play a game for the RR squad throughout their winning campaign. In the end, Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult, and Obed McCoy provided enough quality pace-bowling alternatives for the team. The Royals are most likely to release him in order to free up cash.