IPL is the biggest cricketing extravaganza when it comes to professional cricket leagues across the world. Huge fan base across the globe and lots of money involvement attract the best players across the globe to take part in the event. There are lots of criticisms about IPL and spot-fixing scandals broke the branding a few years ago but with great players, involvement and huge fan base saved the event for sure. You have to accept the fact that IPL provides much-needed exposure and financial security to both domestic as well as foreign players.
Rajasthan Royals have been the served as the best advertisement for IPL over the years. Termed as a low profile team but surprised everyone by winning the inaugural edition of the tournament. Besides that, it provides so many every lasting moment in both IPL and champions league. They are the team with strong batting and bowling performance over the years and identifying the right domestic talent and nurturing them made Rajasthan Royals so special. Here is the list of top 5 run scorers for Rajasthan Royals in IPL:
#1 Ajinkya Rahane
Vice-captain of the Indian test team Ajinkya Rahane is the pillar of royal’s success over the years. Leading from the front Rahane produced so many match winning knocks that helped them to win matches and stay in contention. Captain of Rajasthan royal’s Rahane has made Rajasthan as his second home over the years. He has been in the team from 2011 and made as a captain in 2013 after the departure of legend Rahul Dravid. Rahane has been in and out of the Indian one day and T20 teams, but has been the mainstay for teat team and played a pivotal role in India’s success in the next arena over the years.
Highly regarded as Crisis man, he produced so many match winning knocks outside the subcontinent which makes him so special. One of the safe hands in slip cordon and vast experience in the domestic and international circuit also come in handy when it comes to cricket. He tops the list of highest scorers for Rajasthan Royals in IPL with 2705 runs in 87 innings with the average of 36 and strike rate of 120.32. He also got a century for them and it remains as the highest score (103*) in IPL for him till now.
#2 Shane Watson
Shane Watson has been the go-to man for them right from the inaugural edition to the 2015 edition. Big-hitting all-rounder Shane Watson is known for his handy medium-fast bowling which proves vital especially in subcontinent pitches like in India. The big-hitting Aussie was the heaviest contributor for Rajasthan Royals during his playing days. The legend who is the mainstay for Australian batting and bowling line up over the years Shane Watson has been one of the pillars of strength for Rajasthan Royals.
He produced so many match winning knocks for them, which also includes in century knock (104*) against CSK in 2011. He has scored over 2474 runs in 81 innings with the strike rate of 140 and average of above 35.
His big hitting abilities provided the much needed blistering starts for, especially during power play overs. His vast experience in international circuit and handy bowling and best fielding capabilities made him a complete player and now he is playing for Chennai super kings from 2017 season.
#3 Sanju Samson
Raise of Sanju Samson will tell you how much Rajasthan Royals team management, giving importance to identifying and nurturing young domestic talents. The young and dynamic wicket keeper batsmen from Kerala got the limelight during the under-19 5tournaments. He has represented India in U-19 tournament, but he got the right amount of exposure while playing for Rajasthan Royals. Stand and deliver type batsmen Sanju has been the mainstay of Rajasthan Royals batting line-up right from his inception in 2013.
Like other top quality players, he proved his presence felt by producing so many valiant knocks for Rajasthan Royals over the years. Still, now he has scored 1382 runs in 59 innings with the average of 27.64 and the strike rate of around 127. His highest score remains as 92* for Rajasthan and produced so many gusty knocks when the team needs most. His ability to rotate strike during middle overs and ability to switch gears at the end of the innings made him so special. He is a good wicketkeeper too which is an added advantage.
#4 Rahul Dravid
“The Wall” of Indian cricket Rahul Dravid needs no introduction to world cricket. At the beginning of the IPL, many cricketing pundits raised the questions on the stalwarts like Sachin, and Dravid whether how they fit into this format. But these players responded the criticisms with the bat as they performed a lot better than many other players. Initially, Rahul Dravid started his career as a marquee player for Bangalore Royal Challengers, but moved to Rajasthan Royals in 2011.
He made many useful contributions with made and played some gusty knocks that helped Rajasthan Royals to sail the boat in tough situations. He took over the captaincy reins from Shane Warne and led the side from the front and helped them to reach the playoffs in IPL as well as in champions’ league once. He has scored 1324 runs in 52 matches with the strike rate of nearing 109 and the average of around 27. His highest score of 62 for Rajasthan came in against Delhi Daredevils at 2012 season.
#5 Yusuf Pathan
One of the T20 stalwarts Yusuf Pathan began his career for the Rajasthan Royals and he was so successful for them during his 3-year stint. He is the first centurion for them in IPL. The big-hitting all-rounder also handy with his off-spin is the vital cog in Rajasthan Royals set up during that time and played a pivotal role in their title run at the inaugural edition of the Indian premier league. He has scored 1011 in 42 innings with the strike rate of 161.24 and an average of around 26.60. His career-best of 100 in April came when he was played for Rajasthan Royals in 2009 season.
Also Check ;
- Top 5 Run Scorers For Kolkata Knightriders In IPL
- Top 5 Run-Scorers for Delhi Capitals in IPL
- Top 5 Run Scorer for Chennai Super Kings in IPL