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IPL 2022 Final – 3 Gambles that have paid off for the Rajasthan Royals this season

The Rajasthan Royals advanced to the IPL 2022 final for the second time in history after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. They won the inaugural edition in 2008 under Shane Warne, and supporters have had to wait a long time to see the franchise return to the final.

Sanju Samson has been excellent in the field, and RR has one of the strongest spin bowling combinations in Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal, while the youngsters in the batting order have also performed admirably. However, Jos Buttler was always their most valuable asset, amassing 824 runs in 16 games at an average of 58.85 and scoring four hundred. The Englishman has made significant contributions at the top of the order and will be a major threat to the opponents Gujarat Titans in the finals on May 29.

Let’s take a look at 3 gambles that have paid off for the Rajasthan Royals this season.

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Number 1. Playing Ashwin up the order

 

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Ravichandran Ashwin has always had the batting capacity to flourish at the international level, but he has never lived up to the IPL expectations. However, the Royals thought-tank employed him smartly, batting him at No. 3 when an early wicket fell and he was deployed as a pinch hitter.

Ashwin was promoted to No. 5 in the last league stage game against CSK, and he returned the faith with a match-winning performance of an unbeaten 40 off 23 to bring his team home. With the Royals’ batting line-up looking thin, Ashwin’s presence in the side is critical, as he has demonstrated a lot of adaptability by adapting to the needs of the format.

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Number 2. Fielding 6 batters and 5 bowlers

After going in with the five-bowler combination, the Rajasthan Royals were usually one batter short, but they were never concerned. For a few years, the franchise rarely went to Riyan Parag or Jaiswal, while Trent Boult was forced to play at No. 8 for the Royals this season.

They tried out Nathan Coulter-Nile, Daryl Mitchell, and James Neesham, but none of them made an impression, so Rajasthan stayed with their combination of six batters and five bowlers. They are expected to bring in an all-rounder who can bat at No. 8 next season but will stick with the same lineup in the final against Gujarat Titans.

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Number 3. Showing faith in Riyan Parag

 

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Riyan Parag was once again selected by the Royals in the super auction this year, and the team backed him for the finisher role all season. The right-hander has made a few notable cameo appearances.

So far, Parag has scored 168 runs in 13 innings, frequently with very few deliveries to make an impression with the bat. The Royals recognized his importance, and he has partially repaid their trust. More importantly, Parag has made some wonderful catches and has been a reliable player on the boundary line thus far.