Former legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has selected his ideal final XI for Rajasthan Royals. England’s talisman wicket-keeper Jos Buttler and youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal are the openers for Gavaskar. Buttler has been in sublime form throughout the summer and has scored 1386 runs in 45 IPL matches. However, he will miss the opening match for the Royals.
Jaiswal will make his IPL debut and the left-hander was the top run-getter of the 2020 Under-19 World Cup as he scored 400 runs in six matches at an impressive average of 133.33 and strike rate of 82.47.
Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith bats at number three for the Little Master. Smith has scored 2022 runs in 81 IPL matches at an average of 37.44 and strike rate of 128.95. Sanju Samson, who has impressed with his flamboyant stroke play, bats at number four for Gavaskar. Samson has scored 2209 runs in 93 IPL matches.
Riyan Parag, who had a breakthrough last season, bats at number five for Gavaskar. Parag has scored 160 runs in seven IPL matches. Manan Vohra bats at number six for the former Indian opener. Vohra has scored 1012 runs in 49 IPL matches.
Andrew Tye, Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat constitute the pace battery of the team. Tye has scalped 39 wickets in 26 IPL matches. Archer has scalped 26 wickets in 21 IPL matches whereas Unadkat has snared 77 wickets in 73 IPL matches.
Shreyas Gopal, who had scalped 20 wickets in the previous edition is the main spinner of the side for the commentator. Mayank Markande also makes the cut into the final XI as he has bagged 16 wickets in 17 IPL matches.
Rajasthan Royals will begin their IPL 2020 campaign against Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 22nd September.
Sunil Gavaskar’s ideal Rajasthan Royals playing XI while talking to Sports Tak: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, Manan Vohra, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat.